2003 Technology Innovation Award

At Digital Ball® 2003, TechBridge announced the winner of the 2003 Advancing Community Through Technology (ACTT) Award:

The Atlanta Community ToolBank

In his acceptance speech, ToolBank Executive Director Mark Brodbeck stated how excited the ToolBank is to start putting the $40,000 in software and services provided by TechBridge to work.

The Atlanta Community ToolBank supports community efforts and strengthens neighborhoods by gathering and sharing resources. The organization provided tools for roughly 23,000 volunteers in 2000–a number that has nearly doubled in two years due in large part to technology advances including data tracking and management, a new website with volunteer opportunities and calendar information, and an upcoming real time inventory of both tools and materials.

Congratulations to the two other finalists who were each awarded with $5,000 worth of TechBridge services and $10,000 worth of Microsoft software.

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Georgia Legal Services Program both provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty. Together they worked to create two technology projects that are increasing access to justice for Georgians. The LegalAid-GA.org website provides information for legal service organizations in the state and their clients and the Georgia Technology Exchange Program distributes refurbished computers loaded with public domain software to legal service organizations and nonprofits throughout Georgia.

United Way of Northwest Georgia’s Community Connection is a community-wide Internet-based information and referral tool enabling simultaneous information and referral from any number of agency locations. Community Connection manages client information, agency information, volunteer information, and logs all services referred, received and/or unmet. To date, Community Connection has recorded 38,000 clients who’ve received services in northwest Georgia and documented 3,685 acts of assistance.

“Once again, the Atlanta nonprofit community has demonstrated the enormous impact that technology can have on an organization’s success in the community,” said Scott Geller, executive director of TechBridge. “The level of participation we’ve enjoyed in the ACTT award these past two years, along with the impressive results being achieved by nonprofits truly validates our mission.”

2003 ACTT Award Judges
– Stephanie Davis Executive Director, Atlanta Women’s Foundation
– Mark Hawn Managing Partner, Atlanta Office, Accenture
– Kristin KirkConnell Chief Information Officer, AGL Resources
– Richard Warner President, What’s Up Interactive
– Jim Cheetham, Network Systems Manager, Atlanta Community Food Bank


2003 ACTT Award Nominees
American Junior Golf Association
Atlanta Enterprise Center
Atlanta Housing Authority
Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Center for Puppetry Arts
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Cobb Microenterprise Council
Columbus Housing Initiative
Community Opportunity Centers
Consumer Credit Counseling Services
DeKalb County CASA Program
Elachee Nature Science Center
Family Connection Partnership
The Frazer Center
Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children
Georgia Justice Project
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation
Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia
Hands on Atlanta
Junior Achievement
Latin American Association
Lupus Foundation of America: Georgia Chapter
Monroe Art Guild
Pace Academy
Phoenix Alliance
The Sheltering Arms
South Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness
Special Olympics Georgia
St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc.
Starlight Children’s Foundation of Atlanta
Teaching Museum South
Tech Corps Georgia
United Way of Northwest Georgia
Walton Options for Independent Living, Inc.
Youth Art Connection