The Social Tech Trust is a charity that helps businesses think differently about the relationship between tech and society. As technology continues to play a vital role in addressing the challenges businesses face, the Social Tech Trust have produced their annual Impact Report to update on how they have been supporting purpose-led ventures to transform lives.
In 2019, ThermaFY was selected for the Social Tech Trust’s AI for Good programme in partnership with Microsoft. This programme focused on the themes of accessibility and environmental sustainability and aimed to provide ventures with a comprehensive programme of support that would propel their growth and scale their social impact.
Over the course of the programme, the Social Tech Trust was incredibly impactful in helping ThermaFY with its social mission. They helped unlock our thermal analysis technology’s true potential of being an accessible and scalable method of improving fuel efficiency in heating systems. This results in reduced fuel poverty and lower carbon emissions.
The Social Tech Trust Impact Report highlights ThermaFY’s journey during the AI for Good programme:
“Founder and CEO of ThermaFY, Amanda Pickford thought she just had some clever tech that would help workers like plumbers, to do their jobs better. The software enables them to interpret thermal images via a camera device and an app. But after taking part in our social impact curriculum, Amanda soon began to see things through a different lens. Through the programme, she realised that her product has the potential for much deeper and more meaningful social and environmental impact – alleviating fuel poverty, reducing our carbon footprint and improving the quality of Housing Association properties. The AI for Good programme supports ventures like ThermaFY to maximise their social and financial impact, while preparing them for future investment. Amanda and the team have recently been awarded a contract to pilot their latest product, ThermaFY Protect, in two Chelsea and Westminster hospitals. Thermafy Protect is a touch-free hand sanitiser and thermal scanning station, which supports businesses, hospitals and care settings to protect staff and visitors by monitoring and recording those who are ‘fever-free’.”
Amanda Pickford, CEO of ThermaFY, is grateful to the Social Tech Trust for their support and guidance. She commented:
“AI for Good has fundamentally changed our business. We have now developed a much more robust business that addresses the needs of both our customers and their customers. But more importantly this programme also made us focus on the wider societal and environmental impacts our software will have. This has completely changed the narrative of our business and I think this is why we are now seeing greater traction.”
To read the full Social Tech Trust Impact Report 2020, visit: