30 June 2015 by: ZPaczkowska
The Inclusive Technology Prize seeks to inspire innovations in assistive technology. The Prize is now moving into its final stage and we're thrilled to announce our 10 finalists. We can now share who are finalists are and how the Inclusive Technology Prize will support them to develop their products and demonstrate the impact that they could have on the lives of disabled people, their friends, families and carers.
Many people rely on assistive technologies in their everyday lives but there's a strong feeling that, for the most part, the development and manufacture of these aids, systems and products has not kept pace with the use of new technologies, materials, design and manufacturing processes as seen in other areas. The Inclusive Technology Prize seeks to tackle this challenge.
Run by Nesta, with support from the Office for Disability Issues, Innovate UK, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell, and in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Inclusive Technology Prize is designed to inspire technological innovations in assistive products, systems and aids and encourage co-creation with disabled people.
From more than 200 applications to 10 finalists
In March our judges and assessors selected 25
semi-finalists from over 200 applications. Each semi-finalist was entitled to financial and tailored non-financial support to help them create development plans, outlining the potential of their ideas. In June, we held a second
judging panel which saw the selection of our 10 finalists on the basis of their development plans.
We would like to thank all of our semi-finalists for their efforts and wish them every success in the future. The high quality of all their ideas made choosing our 10 finalists exceptionally difficult.
What support will the finalists receive?
The ten finalists will now each receive £10,000 as well the offer of tailored non-financial support from Irwin Mitchell and Leonard Cheshire Disability. This financial and non-financial support is designed to help our finalists prototype their products, test them with users and create viable business plans. You can expect blogs and regular updates on our finalists' work over the next few months.
A winner will be selected from the finalists in March 2016 and awarded £50,000 to help bring their product to market.
Who are the finalists?
We are thrilled to announce our 10 finalists and look forward to seeing how their innovative ideas develop!
– Future Coders and Care Innovation
Supportspace is a multi-platform application that connects Personal Care Budget recipients with support workers and the Social Services agency that administers funding. Future Coders and Care Innovation believe that this will be a great empowering tool for disabled persons and a time and money saving device for statutory authorities.