Launching the Inclusive Technology Prize!
Everyone should have equal access to all of life’s opportunities. However, this statement does not ring true for the 12.2 million people living in the UK who are disabled or have a limiting long term illness.
Many disabled people rely on assisted living technologies to support them in their everyday lives. But there is a strong view that the development and manufacture of aids, adaptations and products has not kept pace with the use of new technologies, materials, design and manufacturing processes seen in other areas (sport-related products for disabled people being the notable exception).
Championing assistive technology
That’s why Nesta is working with the Office for Disability Issues, Innovate UK, Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell to champion the issue of assistive technology through the Inclusive Technology Prize, launched today.
We are looking for ideas for products, technologies and systems that enable disabled people, their families, friends and carers equal access to life’s opportunities. Innovations must involve co-creation with disabled people and can relate to any aspect of life including, but not limited to, education, home, leisure, transport and work.
This competition has several stages and entrants will be whittled down to 25 semi-finalists who will each receive mentoring and support, followed by a final ten who will develop prototypes ready for impact testing. The winner of the £50,000 contract will be announced in March 2016.
The types of solutions we are looking for could range from something very simple, like a small gadget that can aid use of household appliances or something more game changing, like a new way to book or access public transport across the UK.
We want you to share your needs and day to day issues to inspire new ideas or adaptations for current technology, products or services, on our Wishlist.
Got an idea?
If you have an idea that could make a real impact on people’s lives, go to www.inclusivetechprize.org and enter now! The deadline for submissions is Friday 16 January, 2015.