Interact announces the UK winner of its global charity intranet competition

Interact Announces the UK Winner of its Global Charity Intranet Competition

16th February 2012 – Interact is pleased to announce the UK winner of its charity intranet competition, a contest open to all charities and non-profit organisations world-wide to win a free intranet solution for their organisation.

There was a huge response from charities all over the globe to the competition which was launched in November 2011. Entrants were asked to answer a qualifying question about how a collaborative intranet solution would transform processes in their charitable organisation. Shortlisted companies were then asked for more information including the current issues facing the charity and how an intranet would make a difference to their internal operations.

North Devon Hospice a local charity, supporting individuals and families who are faced with the impact of a terminal illness, were awarded the UK winner by a board of judges headed up by Sam Marshall Owner of independent intranet consultancy ClearBox Consulting and Mark Morton, Digital Media Manager of Epilepsy Action.

The judges said that Interact Intranet would provide a collaborative social intranet platform for North Devon Hospice’s remote workers to discuss and share information 24/7 which is crucial for the charity that has a community nursing team operating across a large geography who are often isolated from news, events and processes.

Sam Marshall, owner of ClearBox Consulting said:

All of the charities were very worthwhile causes, but North Devon stood out for the sheer enthusiasm for the work that they do and the breadth of the ideas that they put forward. They had a clear vision of the multiple ways in which Interact could help them progress and of all the submissions they seemed best-placed to take a new intranet and really run with it.”

Gordon Lester, CEO of North Devon Hospice commented:

We are really thrilled about winning this competition.  We’re looking forward to rolling out an intranet for the charity and also the opportunity to work with Interact.  We work remotely across the length and breadth of North Devon, caring and supporting our patients and their families.  An intranet means our nursing teams can work across the rural area with the hospice in their pocket, that we can better communicate between our 12 charity shops, that we can generally stay in touch with each other with more ease and refine our processes, making us more efficient…the list just goes on.

On behalf of all at North Devon Hospice and the patients and families we care for, we would like to thank Interact for this amazing opportunity and wonderful charitable gesture.”

North Devon Hospice will receive the Interact Intranet core software and a number of modules including the Workflow and Forms module so they can move all of their paper based forms online and the Blogging Tool – which will enable all staff and volunteers to communicate, as well as breaking down knowledge silos. They will also get Statistics and Search Analytics so they can analyse what is working on their intranet and what could be improved.
In addition, Interact are providing a dedicated project manager to assist North Devon Hospice with the implementation, a year’s unlimited support and software updates, accompanying consultancy and training sessions as well as a bespoke design.

The US winner of the competition will be announced in the coming weeks.

North Devon Hospice staff