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

Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa present their modern methods for inclusive education

Paris, France – December three, 2021

The ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge (ICT4IC) aims to shape inclusive education for people today with disabilities in Africa. The three profitable teams were introduced with their awards right now all through the ceremony which took area just about, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its workplaces in Munich. The level of competition observed 202 applications with more than 400 participants from 37 international locations around the globe compete.

The level of competition was structured by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Growth (BMZ) with each other with the Make-IT Alliance. Digital inclusion stands at the coronary heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ knowledge portfolio, with distinct methods aiding people today with temporary or lasting disabilities to function without boundaries in the electronic workplace.

The aim of the challenge is to produce electronic improvements which are intended to strengthen accessibility to education for all those with disabilities in Africa. The teams were questioned to submit a electronic or technological innovation (plan, mock-up or evidence-of-principle (PoC)) that provides or enhances accessibility to education for youngsters, youths and/or adults with disabilities in Africa. This could be a electronic product or software electronic assistive technologies an plan to elevate consciousness for inclusive education using electronic technologies and accessibility methods for online mastering environments.

Soon after an initial to start with round in which 10 teams were picked by 24 judges to attend a 2-7 days digital bootcamp, the 9 experts robust last jury panel, created up of Atos executives as nicely as experts from GIZ, the personal sector, civil culture and worldwide companies, selected three finalists. These are:

  • onest prize and level of competition winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria

Vinsighte is a looking at software package / software that tends to make use of Artificial Intelligence to help the visually impaired to examine conveniently. It operates by scanning by texts on publications and looking at the publications aloud to the visually impaired consumer. The crew won €6,500.

  • 2nd prize: ‘Virtual E&T’, South Africa

This personalized app provides obtainable and very affordable Virtual Education and Schooling Portal for people today with mental disabilities. The crew won €2,500.

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

This solution addresses the accessibility problems of knowledge visualization for the people today with visible impairment and blind people today by artificial speech and car-captioning. The crew won €1,000.

atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-3rdprizeEach individual participant in each of three profitable teams was awarded a devoted three-thirty day period mentorship plan at Atos starting up in January 2022, as nicely as monetary prizes and an chance to pitch to be part of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator plan.

Commenting on these success, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe mentionedCongratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-absent by the creative imagination and high-quality of the entries.Obtain to education is a single of the greatest boundaries to inclusion for youngsters, young folks and adults with disabilities in Africa and electronic improvements can assistance to get over this challenge by eradicating boundaries to education for folks with disabilities. We’re pretty very pleased to really encourage the new generation to assistance shape the inclusive education in Africa”.

The judging panel was cautiously picked to supply know-how in the fields of education, Details and Conversation Technological know-how (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and incapacity inclusion as nicely as regional African views. The level of competition entrants needed to be lasting people of an African place or non-people teaming up with an African firm, proving that their solution is not however readily obtainable on the sector and encouraging that people today of disabilities are possibly part of the crew or bundled into the item enhancement approach.

To obtain out much more, be sure to go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.internet/ .


Image one: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Image 2: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Virtual E&T” and Image three: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Chatting Charts”

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