Glasgow-based technology company, Simul8, has made the shortlist for the 2021 UK Business Tech Awards’ Tech for Good category following its work in offering pro-bono support to healthcare and other organisations during the pandemic.
The awards celebrate the UK’s finest technology businesses, while the ‘Tech for Good’ category looks to reward an outstanding campaign or project that has significantly impacted society and made a lasting positive change.
Simul8, which provides specialist simulation software to aid planning decisions, has given away more than £100,000’ worth of free software licenses and around six weeks of pro-bono consulting to over 150 organisations over the pandemic, both in the UK and internationally.
Hospitals across the country have benefitted from using the software to ensure that any updates to ICU capacity would be sufficient to handle the added strain on resources, while cold supply chain expert Controlant was able to triple production of its specialist IoT trackers that were vital in the shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Simul8 has also been used to support vaccination rollouts at several international hospitals including Saint Anthony in Chicago and St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pittsburgh, as well as planning overflow hospitals in major cities and managing testing processes in labs.
“The decision to offer our support during the pandemic for free was an easy one,” said Laura Reid, CEO at Simul8. “The alternative would have been not to act at all, or to try and profit at the time of greatest need, which would simply go against our whole ethos of improved empowerment and accessibility to technology that can make a positive difference.
“As a Glasgow-based SME, this was a big undertaking where we were successful in getting our pro-bono support out to numerous organisations both in the UK and around the world. I couldn’t be more proud of the whole Simul8 team and it’s such an honour to have their fantastic achievements recognised by this nomination for the prestigious UK Business Tech Awards.”