From Ideation to Impact: International Committee of the Red Cross announces Enable Makeathon

Bengaluru, 22 December 2017: In the final phase of its initiative the Enable Makeathon 2.0 (EM2), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on Thursdayannounced the names of six teams who will be competing as finallists in their bid to win the competition and secure the opportunity to build and scale their innovations for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

These sixfinallists have been chosen out of the 16 shortlisted teams, which wereparticipating in the co-creation phase of EM2. These include:

  • Team For Growth (Bangalore)
  • Team Torchit (Ahmedabad)
  • Team Bleetech (Mumbai)
  • Team Autobots (Vellore)
  • Team Welava (Delhi)
  • Team Unicom Solutions (Vellore) 

Team ForGrowth from Bangalore has developed a product which acts as a marketplaceconnecting persons with disabilities to various jobs/internships usingartificial intelligence combined with human curation to help persons withdisability elevate their career and independence.

The Enable Makeathon(EM) is a programme initiated by the ICRC and its partners,including the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub , todevelop prototypes and affordable solutions for challenges faced by PWDs,particularly those living in rural areas. Teams comprising engineers,scientists, designers, innovators, PWDs, humanitarians, manufacturers,investors and entrepreneurs compete against each other for grants that willallow them to further develop and market their innovations. Each of thecontesting teams are developing an innovation that directly responds to one ofthe 12Enable Makeathon challenges, including access to education,access to tourism and access to transport.

Speakingabout the EM2, Tarun Sarwal, Head of Innovation, ICRC said, “The ICRC hasbeen distributing orthotics and prosthetics to people across 40 countries.However, we believe these challenges can be better addressed by working withthose straight out of an environment of physical disability and living inunderdeveloped countries without means of inclusion. The finalist teams’innovations truly highlight how the combination of open-source hardware and therise of Indian talent in ICTs can infuse new ideas and efforts into theassistive technology movement by actually working with persons with disability.”

The EM2 will culminate on 6 February 2018 wherethree winners will be selected for an incubator grant and will get a chance toparticipate in a 1-year incubator programme to further develop and scale theirsolutions.


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