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

Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa current their modern options for inclusive education

Paris, France – December three, 2021

The ICT 4 Inclusion Problem (ICT4IC) aims to condition inclusive education for individuals with disabilities in Africa. The a few successful groups have been offered with their awards right now in the course of the ceremony which took position practically, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its places of work in Munich. The competitors noticed 202 purposes with around 400 contributors from 37 nations all over the entire world contend.

The competitors was organized by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Development (BMZ) alongside one another with the Make-IT Alliance. Electronic inclusion stands at the heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ knowledge portfolio, with certain options helping individuals with short term or permanent disabilities to operate devoid of barriers in the electronic workplace.

The aim of the problem is to create electronic innovations which are created to boost entry to education for these with disabilities in Africa. The groups have been asked to post a electronic or technological innovation (plan, mock-up or proof-of-principle (PoC)) that presents or improves entry to education for young children, youths and/or grown ups with disabilities in Africa. This could be a electronic unit or application electronic assistive technologies an plan to increase awareness for inclusive education using electronic technologies and accessibility options for online discovering environments.

Following an first to start with round in which 10 groups have been chosen by 24 judges to go to a 2-7 days digital bootcamp, the nine experts powerful final jury panel, made up of Atos executives as effectively as experts from GIZ, the private sector, civil modern society and worldwide businesses, selected a few finalists. These are:

  • 1st prize and competitors winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria

Vinsighte is a examining software / application that would make use of Synthetic Intelligence to assist the visually impaired to read conveniently. It operates by scanning by texts on textbooks and examining the textbooks aloud to the visually impaired consumer. The staff won €6,five hundred.

  • atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-1stprize2nd prize: ‘Virtual E&T’, South Africa

This custom made application presents accessible and economical Digital Education and Education Portal for individuals with mental disabilities. The staff won €2,five hundred.

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

This option addresses the accessibility problems of facts visualization for the individuals with visible impairment and blind individuals by synthetic speech and vehicle-captioning. The staff won €1,000.

atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-3rdprizeEach individual participant in just about every of a few successful groups was awarded a devoted three-thirty day period mentorship program at Atos commencing in January 2022, as effectively as financial prizes and an possibility to pitch to be aspect of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator program.

Commenting on these results, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe claimedCongratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-absent by the creativeness and high quality of the entries.Accessibility to education is one of the finest barriers to inclusion for young children, youthful folks and grown ups with disabilities in Africa and electronic innovations can assistance to defeat this problem by removing barriers to education for folks with disabilities. We’re quite proud to encourage the new technology to assistance condition the inclusive education in Africa”.

The judging panel was meticulously chosen to deliver knowledge in the fields of education, Info and Conversation Technological innovation (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and incapacity inclusion as effectively as regional African views. The competitors entrants needed to be permanent citizens of an African state or non-citizens teaming up with an African business, proving that their option is not nevertheless quickly out there on the market place and encouraging that individuals of disabilities are both aspect of the staff or involved into the product development process.

To obtain out additional, please go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.internet/ .

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Photograph 1: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Photograph 2: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Digital E&T” and Photograph three: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Speaking Charts”

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