Winners of first ‘ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge’ in Africa announced

Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa current their innovative methods for inclusive training

Paris, France – December three, 2021

The ICT four Inclusion Obstacle (ICT4IC) aims to condition inclusive training for folks with disabilities in Africa. The 3 profitable teams ended up introduced with their awards now through the ceremony which took spot nearly, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its offices in Munich. The levels of competition saw 202 programs with in excess of four hundred contributors from 37 nations around the world about the globe compete.

The levels of competition was structured by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Advancement (BMZ) together with the Make-IT Alliance. Digital inclusion stands at the coronary heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ encounter portfolio, with unique methods supporting folks with momentary or long term disabilities to get the job done without boundaries in the electronic workplace.

The intention of the challenge is to establish electronic improvements which are intended to enhance obtain to training for individuals with disabilities in Africa. The teams ended up questioned to submit a electronic or technical innovation (idea, mock-up or evidence-of-idea (PoC)) that presents or enhances obtain to training for little ones, youths and/or grownups with disabilities in Africa. This could be a electronic machine or application electronic assistive systems an idea to raise recognition for inclusive training using electronic systems and accessibility methods for on line learning environments.

Soon after an initial very first round in which ten teams ended up selected by 24 judges to attend a two-7 days digital bootcamp, the nine gurus powerful remaining jury panel, made up of Atos executives as properly as gurus from GIZ, the personal sector, civil culture and intercontinental businesses, chose 3 finalists. These are:

  • 1st prize and levels of competition winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria

Vinsighte is a studying program / application that will make use of Synthetic Intelligence to aid the visually impaired to go through conveniently. It operates by scanning via texts on publications and studying the publications aloud to the visually impaired person. The group won €6,500.

  • twond prize: ‘Virtual E&T’, South Africa

This custom-made app presents obtainable and inexpensive Digital Training and Training Portal for folks with intellectual disabilities. The group won €2,500.

  • atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-2ndprizethreerd prize: ‘Talking Charts’, Kenya

This resolution addresses the accessibility troubles of data visualization for the folks with visible impairment and blind folks via artificial speech and automobile-captioning. The group won €1,000.

atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-3rdprizeJust about every participant in every single of 3 profitable teams was awarded a devoted three-thirty day period mentorship program at Atos starting up in January 2022, as properly as monetary prizes and an opportunity to pitch to be component of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator program.

Commenting on these effects, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe mentionedCongratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-away by the creativeness and high quality of the entries.Obtain to training is one of the finest boundaries to inclusion for little ones, youthful persons and grownups with disabilities in Africa and electronic improvements can assist to defeat this challenge by eradicating boundaries to training for persons with disabilities. We’re really happy to encourage the new era to assist condition the inclusive training in Africa”.

The judging panel was very carefully selected to supply experience in the fields of training, Information and Interaction Know-how (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and incapacity inclusion as properly as regional African perspectives. The levels of competition entrants wanted to be long term residents of an African place or non-residents teaming up with an African group, proving that their resolution is not nonetheless easily accessible on the industry and encouraging that folks of disabilities are either component of the group or included into the product advancement process.

To obtain out extra, remember to go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.net/ .

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Image 1: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Image two: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Digital E&T” and Image three: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Speaking Charts”

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