2004 Technology Innovation Award

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At Digital Ball® 2004, Accenture announced the winner of the 2004 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award:

Project Open Hand/Atlanta

Project Open Hand/Atlanta provides freshly cooked meals and nutrition services to people with symptomatic HIV/AIDS, homebound seniors, and individuals with other critical illnesses or disabilities. Project Open Hand plans to use this award to add additional functionality to its public Web site and to implement a receiving and pantry management system that will provide instant inventories and better control of products and storage.

“Project Open Hand believes that our technology investments truly go to our bottom line, which is serving Atlanta’s citizens who are in desperate need. This award will enable us further control costs and increase the number of meals we can serve,” said Stephen Woods, executive director, Project Open Hand/Atlanta. “To be acknowledged for our efforts in this way validates the effort we’ve put into all of our technology projects. We thank TechBridge and all the award judges for this wonderful award.”

The TechBridge Technology Innovation Award, given by Accenture, salutes innovation through technology by recognizing area nonprofits who use technology to advance their missions, reach community targets, expand strategic goals and improve client services. As the 2004 winner, Project Open Hand will be awarded $15,000 in TechBridge technology services and $25,000 in Microsoft software. In addition, two Technology Innovation Award finalists, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and The Center for Puppetry Arts, also received $5,000 in services and $10,000 in software.

2004 Winner
Project Open Hand/Atlanta

Project Open Hand/Atlanta provides daily two home-delivered meals and nutrition services to people with symptomatic HIV/AIDS, homebound seniors, and individuals with other critical illnesses or disabilities, providing for proper nutrition to battle their illness. An online bidding system allows food vendors to provide quarterly bids for food items, saving approximately $24,000 through bulk purchasing. A paperless online ordering system for meals on wheels contracts has saved $35,000 a year. The Integrated Volunteer Touchscreen Computer System, automates recordkeeping for identifying and cultivating the almost 17,000 volunteers who assist in the kitchen with the preparation of meals and/or deliver meals directly to clients’ homes. Investments in technology in 2003 allowed 13,563 more meals to be served to clients.

2004 Finalists
Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts uses the puppetry art form to serve more than 300,000 people annually through arts and human service activities. The Center’s innovative applications of technology included: distance learning programming; a website re-launch resulting significant on-line ticket sales; a launch of a monthly e-Newsletter; and the production of a DVD/VHS series of the Center’s performances to be sold via the web. More than 29,000 people now visit the site each month, compared to 5,000 monthly visitors before the launch of the new site, and ,since on-line ticket sales were initiated, the Center has sold 1,800 tickets on-line, with 75% of those on-line ticket sales having never been to the Center before.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta provides a quality developmental program which empowers more than 27,000 metro Atlanta youth. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta is committed to helping youth who have limited access to technology compete academically by actively integrating technology into their regular programming. Each Club has a computer lab, serving approximately 2,000 members daily with coursework like, SkillTech, for basic computer skills in age-appropriate lessons; and NetSmart where kids learn how to safely use the Internet. More advanced technology skills are provided for digital photography, web design, graphic design and animation, digital music, and digital movie-making.

The 2004 Technology Innovation Award Judging Panel
An esteemed panel of judges from both the nonprofit and for-profit business communities assessed the candidates.

Madelyn Adams, Vice-President of Administration and Diversity, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Adkinson, Founder and Editor, TechLINKS
Vic Ayers, CIO, American Cancer Society
Jon Bridges, Vice President, Information Technology and CIO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Mark Brodbeck, Executive Director, Atlanta Community ToolBank
Richard Cook, President and CEO, MAPICS
David M. Gittleman, Senior Vice-President, Wells Fargo Foothill
Bob Greenage, Chief Administrative Officer, The North Highland Company
Russ Hardin, Vice President and Secretary, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Andy Heyman, President, Radiant Systems
Earl Johnson, Vice President and General Manager, WABE-FM 90.1
Kristin R. Kirkconnell, Chief Information Officer, AGL Resources
Thornton Muir, President and Chief Executive Officer, ServiceCentral Technologies
Curtis W. Robb, President And Chief Executive Officer, Delta Technology, Inc.
Ron Stewart, Partner, Accenture
Lauren Waits, Vice-President, ChoicePoint Cares, ChoicePoint

The 2004 Technology Innovation Award nominees included:
AID Atlanta, Inc.
Alliance of Information and Referral Systems
Auditory Verbal Center of Atlanta
Be Someone
Cobb Microenterprise Center
Communities In Schools of Georgia
Creative Community Services, Inc.
Darkness to Light
George West Mental Health Foundation
Georgia Advocacy Office
Georgia Community Support & Solutions, Inc.
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
Historic District Development Corp
Keenan’s Kids Foundation
Latin American Association
Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter
MUST Ministries
Operation PEACE
Rockdale County Emergency Relief Fund
Southern Arts Federation
Special Olympics Georgia
Teaching Museum South
The Frazer Center
Trees Atlanta
Women’s Policy Education Fund