Cell Slider is named on list of top 100 social enterprises

Joint initiative by Cancer Research UK and the citizen science project Zooniverse is one of the most inspiring digital innovations on the Nominet Trust 100 list

Cell Slider
Cell Slider

Cell Slider, a joint initiative between Cancer Research UK and the citizen science project Zooniverse, has been named as one of the top 100 most inspiring ventures that use digital technology as a tool for social change.

Cell Slider is an interactive crowdsourcing website that allows users to get involved in the classification of millions of samples of cancer cells to help scientists speed up their research.

The top 100 list was compiled by a steering group of technology experts and social entrepreneurs on behalf of the Nominet Trust, which was set up by the internet registry Nominet to fund internet-related projects that improve lives and communities.

Cell Slider was one of 10 initiatives that Nominet labelled as "ones to watch" for their potential to have a significant impact in their chosen field.

JustGiving, the online fundraising platform, and Raspberry Pi, the credit card-sized computer, were among the other UK-based initiatives to be listed in the Nominet Trust 100.

MySociety, a project run by the charity UK Citizens Online Democracy, which is responsible for websites including the MP information site TheyWorkForYou, was also listed.

Annika Small, chief executive of Nominet, said: "Digital technology has already transformed how we communicate, how we work, how we buy and sell. But we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of ways that technology can be used to transform how we address complex social challenges, from health and education to poverty and climate change."

The NT100 will form the basis for an online resource for social enterprises called the Social Tech Guide, she said.

The steering group was chaired by Charles Leadbeater, the innovation writer and former adviser to Tony Blair, and included Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC technology reporter.

Nominet received more than 500 nominations for the list from members of the public between June and September. The steering group then selected the final 100.

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