International Red Cross invites entries for "Enable Makeathon 2.0"

Bengaluru, September 23, 2017: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Global Diversity Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) are calling for entries for “Enable Makeathon 2.0” to crowdsource new, innovative solutions by and with persons with disabilities (PwDs) for challenges faced by them. Applications are invited from PwDs, designers, the scientific and innovation community, manufacturers and entrepreneurs. The deadline for the applications is 30 September 2017. This year, the programme addresses 12 accessibility and employability related challenges faced by persons with hearing or sight impairment or with locomotor disabiliti

A panel of expertswill review the entries and 15 teams with the most interesting and innovativeideas will be shortlisted to participate in the co-creation camp where theywill interact with PwDs, designers and investors, mentors and domain experts.This year, the Enable Makeathon 2.0 (EM2) co-creation camps will take placesimultaneously in: Bengaluru, India hosted by the ICRC and in London, UK hostedby the GDI Hub and University College London. After an intense 15-dayco-creation programme, 10 teams and their product prototypes will advance tothe next stage of the competition. These product prototypes will undergofurther refinement and market and user-testing phase for the next 6 weeks. Thegrand finale will be held on 6 February 2018, where three winners willreceive cash awards of USD 25,000, USD 15,000 and USD 10,000 and furtherincubation support. Along with the winners, other teams could potentially havetheir products incubated in India and the UK, depending upon the relevance andmarket acceptability of the solutions.  


Commenting on theproject, Mr. Tarun Sarwal, Innovation Advisor at the ICRC said, “EnableMakeathon is a unique social movement. It brings together a multidisciplinaryteam of experts with persons with disability to find solutions for the realchallenges that they would like to address. The platform allows us to takeideas from their conceptualisation to execution to testing in a fairly shortspan of time. Just like the first edition of Enable Makeathon, I have no doubtthat Enable Makeathon 2.0 will also be a resounding success and delivereffective, inclusive solutions that are much needed in challenging contextsglobally.”


For more details onthe challenges that EM2 is seeking solutions to, please check thefollowing link.  The EM2 movement isan initiative of the ICRC in collaboration with GDI and with the support ofseveral institutions including V-Shesh, Applied Singularity, University CollegeLondon, Global Shapers Bangalore, Global Humanitarian Lab, Project DEFY, TheAssociation of People with Disability, Innovation Alchemy, Indian Institute ofTechnology Roorkee, IKP Eden, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,Formulate IP and the Indian Red Cross Society.


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