About the Opportunity
Access to education is one of the greatest barriers to inclusion for children, young persons and adults with disabilities in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this situation. Digital innovations can help to overcome this challenge by removing barriers to education for persons with disabilities.
This is a call to arms. It’s time for a change. Are you in? Register for the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge and shape the inclusive education in Africa!
We wish to foster & scale digital and technical innovations that provide or improve access to education for children, youths and/or adults with disabilities in Africa. You can submit your innovative idea, mock-up, or proof of concept (PoC) in any of the 4 criteria apply.
Who can join?
Individuals or Teams of Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Students, Change makers, Tech geeks, Disability activists.
Persons ageing at least 18 years old or above the legal working age in the country of residence.
Permanent residents of an African country or non-residents teaming up with an African organization
You can submit your innovative idea, mock-up, or proof of concept (PoC) if any of the following four criteria apply:
You are developing a digital device and/or application, that facilitates inclusive education
You have a concrete idea to raise awareness for inclusive education using digital technologies
You are developing digital assistive technologies to be used in educational settings
You are working on accessibility solutions for online learning environments
Benefits to You
In addition to being coached by elite mentors during the bootcamp, the top 3 winning teams will be awarded with dedicated 3 month long mentorship program after the bootcamp, monetary prizes and an opportunity to pitch to Atos Accelerator program.
1st placed team € 6,500
2nd placed team € 2,500
3rd placed team € 1,000
The teams or individuals who submitted the 8 best solutions will be invited to a two-week virtual Bootcamp. If you are among them, you will benefit from the following concrete support during the Bootcamp and beyond:
Technical assistance towards solution deployment: receive concrete support targeting the components needed for your solution to succeed such as marketing, fundraising, agile methods, accessibility, pitching, scaling and business development.
Receive access to global international experts and guidance by mentors in the fields of digital start-up support, disability and tech, as well as education.
Receive access to our international network of development and international cooperation, as well as innovation ecosystems and partner networks across universities, organizations of persons with disabilities, funders, Assistive Technology experts, disability experts, corporations and NGOs