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IDEATe

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Quest for Innovative Solutions for Inclusion

A TCS Foundation Initiative

Limited number of disability-inclusive items resulting in the infringement of rights and participation to be enjoyed by persons with disabilities marks the importance of creative and innovative ideas to make the assistive device available, accessible and affordable. WHO estimates that 2.5 billion people across the world need assistive technology (Global Report on Assistive Technology, 2022). The impact of assistive technology is visible in increasing the opportunities for education and employment of persons with disabilities. 

What is IDEATe?

Innovations for the Persons with Disabilities and Empowerment through Assistive Technology

Objective

To enable the ecosystem for persons with disabilities by collaborating with educational institutions and start ups for creative and innovative solutions with the aim of increasing the availability, accessibility, affordability and adaptability. 

IDEATe is looking for bright innovators who may have detailed conceptual idea/early prototype/ Minimum Viable Product (MVP) using digital technologies (such as IoT, Mobile/ Web, AI / ML, Sensors etc) in the space of Assistive Technology and solutions that aim to address one or more of the disabilities listed in the RPWD Act 2016.

 

 

Some of the theme factors one could focus on are

Adaptive Technology

Cognitive Impairments

Created by the DinosoftLab from the Noun Project
Created by the Nithinan Tatah TH from the Noun Project

Occupational Therapy

Created by the  Miho Suzuki-Robinson US from the Noun Project

Digital Learning Platforms
or Technologies

Created by the Eucalyp from the Noun Project

Mobility Impairments

Created by the Sakchai RuankamTH from the Noun Project

Visual and Hearing
Impairments

Created by the Mark CaronUS, IcoLabs  BR from the Noun Project

Who can apply?

  • Diploma/University students studying in India

  • Early startups or startup with prior projects related to Assistive Technology

  • Professionals and students participating in  joint research and development projects

How to apply?

  • Application form is available on the website to be latest filled by 5th November 2022. 

  • Applications are accepted only through online. No Physical copies required. 

  • The executive note should be submitted along with the application form.

  • Applications submitted after the deadline are not eligible for competition. 

  • A registration fee of Rs. 500 is required from the applicant to register for the competition. 

 

  • After  the application is submitted, the information regarding the fee payment will be mailed to the applicant. The application would be considered complete only once the payment is done.

Rehabilitation Solutions

Created by the Eucalyp from the Noun Project

Addressing Socializing Needs

Created by the parkjisun from the Noun Project

Requirements

  •  Completed Application Form

  • Executive Summary of the Project in pdf format (Range: 300-500 words)

         o   Goal

         o   Problem Addressed

         o   Scope of the device/solution

         o   Implementation strategy of the project

         o   Solution overview 

         o   Referenced Research if any

  • Language preferred English

  • Student ID card for students; Any govt. authorized ID proof for other applicants

Evaluation criteria

The entries will be evaluated based on:

  • Innovativeness of the project

  • Feasibility of the project

  • ​Resource requirements

  • Sustainability of the project

  • Desired impact of the project

 

Jury (75% weightage) — The entries will be judged by industry professionals

Public Voting (25% weightage) — Likes and shares on

the official entry, which is posted on the social media pages of Prajaahita

Timeline

Call for

applications

Application

deadline

Round 1

Shortlisting of teams

Evaluation by the external Jury

10th

October

5th

November

19th

November

26th

November

Result announcement

3rd

December

General information

​The organisation expects the teams to follow the ethical principles of respecting the work of others and responsibly cite sources or ideas.

Prizes

​The top three performers will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to attend an exclusive Bootcamp by industry professionals. A certificate of participation would be provided to the participants.

For any queries

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact the following.
Email: info@prajaahita.org
Call : 7356886688