Nesta’s Inclusive Technology Prize 2014

Designers, makers, students and entrepreneurs are being challenged to apply for the chance to gain a contract worth £50,000 and to develop the next generation of products, services and technologies that will make a real difference to the 1 in 5 of us living with limiting long term illness or disability in the UK.

The UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta, is working with the Office for Disability Issues, Innovate UK, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell to champion the issue of assistive technology through the Inclusive Technology Prize. The challenge will encourage innovation through co-creation with disabled people, meeting needs as defined by the users themselves and challenging people to use lived experiences of disability to develop life changing technology.

The panel will be looking for ideas that enhance independence by building, inventing, developing and co-creating a more equal and accessible society. The full judging panel is available at www.inclusivetechprize.org. The judges are looking for ideas that will fulfill their vision for a more equal society. Products could be functional objects like a watch that tells the time through touch, systems and technologies might include text to voice apps for computers and mobiles that make voting systems accessible by reading and recording the vote by voice.

Submissions must have the potential to make a difference in education, home, work, leisure, or transport, and can have cross over in any or all of these areas.

The Inclusive Technology Prize, which is designed to be accessible to all, is open to individuals, groups or organisations.The competition has several stages and entrants will be whittled down to 25 semi-finalists who will each receive mentoring and support, and then a final 10 who will develop prototypes ready for impact testing. The winner of the £50,000 contract will be announced in March 2016.

Interested organisations and individuals should visit www.inclusivetechprize.org to apply.

Deadline for applications is 16 January 2015.

For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact Alex Delaney at Matter&Co on 020 8533 8890/ 07709832453 or email alex@Matterandco.com.

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