John and Jane Shalam
CTA Foundation

The John and Jane Shalam Award to Combat Social Isolation

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation is launching a new award to recognize essential and innovative work done to combat social isolation.

The John and Jane Shalam Award (“Shalam Award”) honors John and Jane Shalam for their contributions to the consumer technology industry, CTA and the CTA Foundation. Serving as the Founding Chair, John worked with CTA and the initial Board of Trustees to stand up the CTA Foundation, set its mission, and build it to help many people facing social isolation challenges. Today, thanks to these efforts, the CTA Foundation has provided over $5.8 million in support to non-profit organizations across the United States using technology to improve the quality of life of seniors and people with disabilities.

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Congratulations to Selfhelp Community Services on winning the inaugural Shalam Award! Selfhelp has used technology, including its virtual senior center to combat isolation and connect low income, homebound seniors


The award recipients will be selected based upon the decision of a panel of judges reviewing nominations based on the following criteria in addressing social isolation:

  • Innovation – development of, or use of, innovative technologies to address social isolation
  • Impact – degree to which the work of the award recipient has made an impact on social isolation
  • Information – degree to which the award recipient has increased awareness around social isolation

Both companies and individuals will be considered. If the company, organization or university have done great work in this space consider nominating them. If there is one individual at the organization that deserves special recognition, then consider nominating the individual.

Nomination Process

The CTA Foundation is collecting nominations for not-for-profit organizations, companies, universities or individuals who are creating and implementing innovative products, research or programs that use technology to combat social isolation for older adults and people with disabilities.


A committee consisting of CTA Foundation Trustees and partners will evaluate the nominations to select the Shalam Award based on a nominee's innovation, impact, and scale.


The CTA Foundation will feature the winner at an event and publicize them through media engagement and social media.