Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa current their revolutionary answers for inclusive instruction
Paris, France – December 3, 2021
The ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge (ICT4IC) aims to form inclusive instruction for people today with disabilities in Africa. The a few successful teams were introduced with their awards these days through the ceremony which took put pretty much, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its places of work in Munich. The competition noticed 202 programs with around 400 participants from 37 international locations around the globe contend.
The competition was arranged by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with the Make-IT Alliance. Digital inclusion stands at the coronary heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ practical experience portfolio, with specific answers assisting people today with short term or permanent disabilities to do the job devoid of obstacles in the digital workplace.
The goal of the obstacle is to establish digital improvements which are made to improve accessibility to instruction for all those with disabilities in Africa. The teams were questioned to post a digital or complex innovation (strategy, mock-up or evidence-of-thought (PoC)) that gives or increases accessibility to instruction for small children, youths and/or adults with disabilities in Africa. This could be a digital product or application digital assistive technologies an strategy to elevate recognition for inclusive instruction making use of digital technologies and accessibility answers for on the internet mastering environments.
Following an original very first round in which ten teams were chosen by 24 judges to attend a 2-week digital bootcamp, the nine gurus strong ultimate jury panel, made up of Atos executives as very well as gurus from GIZ, the personal sector, civil modern society and worldwide businesses, chose a few finalists. These are:
- onest prize and competition winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria
Vinsighte is a reading application / application that helps make use of Synthetic Intelligence to aid the visually impaired to browse conveniently. It operates by scanning by way of texts on guides and reading the guides aloud to the visually impaired person. The team received €6,500.
- 2nd prize: ‘Virtual E&T’, South Africa
This tailored application gives accessible and cost-effective Virtual Training and Schooling Portal for people today with intellectual disabilities. The team received €2,500.
- 3rd prize: ‘Talking Charts’, Kenya
This remedy addresses the accessibility difficulties of knowledge visualization for the people today with visible impairment and blind people today by way of artificial speech and auto-captioning. The team received €1,000.
Every single participant in each of a few successful teams was awarded a committed 3-thirty day period mentorship method at Atos starting up in January 2022, as very well as monetary prizes and an option to pitch to be component of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator method.
Commenting on these outcomes, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe mentioned “Congratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-away by the creative imagination and top quality of the entries.Entry to instruction is a single of the finest obstacles to inclusion for small children, young individuals and adults with disabilities in Africa and digital improvements can support to overcome this obstacle by getting rid of obstacles to instruction for individuals with disabilities. We’re incredibly very pleased to stimulate the new technology to support form the inclusive instruction in Africa”.
The judging panel was thoroughly chosen to offer expertise in the fields of instruction, Information and Communication Technological know-how (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and disability inclusion as very well as regional African perspectives. The competition entrants essential to be permanent inhabitants of an African country or non-inhabitants teaming up with an African firm, proving that their remedy is not however quickly available on the current market and encouraging that people today of disabilities are both component of the team or provided into the item enhancement course of action.
To obtain out much more, be sure to go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.net/ .
Photograph one: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Photograph 2: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Virtual E&T” and Photograph 3: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Speaking Charts”
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