Have you ever thought about how climate change impacts people with disabilities and elderly people and what to do about it?
1.3 billion people with disabilities globally as well as elderly people are largely left behind when it comes to the mitigation of the adverse impact of climate change and disaster risks. Rapid urbanisation, with inaccessible infrastructure and transport systems, and the lack of inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures further increase their vulnerabilities.
In short – there is a need for inclusive climate change actions!
We believe that here – as well as anywhere – digital technologies need to play their part.
We need to foster inclusive digital solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change on people with disabilities and elderly people. Through this we can source and scale innovative solutions and raise awareness globally of the need for all stakeholders to address climate change. This will pave the way to address the risks posed to people with disabilities as an ethical and economic imperative.
Do you have a working prototype or ready solution on how to mitigate the impact of climate change on people with disabilities or the elderly people? Join the ICT4IC 2.0 India Edition and apply now!
ICT4IC stands for Information Communications Technology for Inclusion Challenge . This is the hashtag (#ICT4IC) and shortcut for this challenge.
We wish to foster and scale digital and technical innovations that mitigate the impact of climate change and disaster related risks, and raise awareness about inclusive climate action for persons with disabilities and elderly people in the Indian context, as well as digital and technical innovations that improve disability inclusion and the inclusion of elderly people in the areas of climate change mitigation, adaptation and/or disaster risk reduction.
You are welcome to submit your prototype / solution under the following two criteria:
You are developing a digital device and/or application, that is energy efficient, reduces carbon emissions and can be made disability inclusive and/or universally accessible
You are building upon an existing climate change mitigation and/or adaptation measure to create an accessibility solution for all in the context climate action.
You are creating and implementing a program that raises awareness around technology-based inclusive climate action and inclusive disaster risk reduction.
You are developing a digital assistive technology targeted at persons with disabilities or the elderly in the context of climate change related disasters.
You are developing a digital assistive technology targeted towards inclusive disaster risk reduction with a focus on disability and age.
You are creating a digital and/or technical solution for persons with disabilities or the elderly to make every day infrastructure more disability inclusive and/or universally accessible (buildings, transport systems, roads) .
To be accepted as an entry, the applicant must provide the organizers a prototype (see definition) of the solution proposed as a minimum. Products sold or applied on the market are eligible as well.
To be eligible for the challenge, the proposed solution must be a digital/technological solution focusing on:
disability inclusion or the inclusion of elderly people (>60) in the context of
climate change adaptation, mitigation, or disaster risk reduction.
focused on the geographical region of India.
Your company should be a start-up according to the definition of the European Start-up Network or a Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) according to the definition of the EU recommendation 2003/36.
Our Definitions of Start-up, Small- and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Non-governmental Organisation (NGO)
If your solution is not disability inclusive yet but could be adapted to become a great resource for persons with disabilities and/or elderly people, you are encouraged to apply if you can prove eagerness to upskill and learn about accessibility. If selected, support can be provided.
The solution shall have measurable success in improving climate change mitigation or disaster risk reduction for children, youth, and/or adults with disabilities or elderly people (>60 years old) in India and be affordable, accessible, and realisable. If your solution is not targeted towards persons with disabilities (PWD) or elderly persons yet, you will have to outline why your solution would be especially beneficial for them. The participation of people with disabilities in the design, creation, development, or testing of the solution is highly encouraged.
The solution shall be creative in how to reach the goals of mitigating climate change and reducing disaster risks for PWD and elderly people and should provide novel benefits to the target group in the respective context. These benefits could be improved access to climate change or disaster risk reduction related information, e.g. through inclusive early warning systems, but also improved access to infrastructure, which allows for inclusive evacuation in the case of disasters. It is expected that participants research if there are already similar solutions on the market and identify their unique selling points. Innovation can also mean that a solution which is already existent in high-income countries is adapted to the Indian specific context.
Your solution is at least in prototype stage and has the potential to be scaled to an economically sustainable solution and business model. If technical, financial, or other barriers prevent scaling of the solution to other regions and contexts, the application will be discarded.
Applications which do not respect the Articles of the UN CRPD or other basic human rights principles (e.g. discriminating against any minorities because of their ethnicity, religion, language etc.) will be discarded.
Until 31 Jul 2022
Register your interest and submit your prototype or ready solution.
1 – 19 Aug 2022
Inclusion experts will evaluate the submissions.
12 Teams will be invited for selection interviews.
5 Sep – 16 Sep 2022
In-depth interviews will be held and rated according to pre-defined criteria.
8 teams will be selected.
19 Oct 2022, 2-5 pm CET
8 Teams will present their prototype during a private confidential event to the judges.
2 Dec 2022, 10.30-11.30 am CET
Awards to the 4 winning teams will be presented during a public live event to celebrate UN Day of Persons with Disabilities
The final details of the Jury will be provided in the course of the application phase.
The judging panel is composed of experts of Atos, GIZ, private sector, civil society and international organisations. The panel will be carefully selected to provide expertise in the fields of climate change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), innovation, accessibility and inclusion as well as regional Indian perspectives.
Starting in October 2022, we will support 8 selected teams in a tailored support program – the ICT4IC India Edition 2022 Accelerator. The teams of innovators will receive support in advancing their solutions, benefit from (digital) accessibility, and get advice on how to position themselves in an ever-growing landscape of potential partners. In addition to taking part in the ICT4IC India Accelerator Program, the top 4 winning teams will be awarded with monetary and soft prizes including nomination and/or admission to other prestigious support programs such as the Zero Project Impact Transfer Program and the Atos Scaler Accelerator. And finally, we will organize an event at the Zero Project India Conference in Spring 2023, where the winners will be invited to discuss and present their solutions to potential partners.
We will select two targeted solutions focusing on disability inclusion and/or the inclusion of elderly people and two mainstreaming solutions entailing great potential benefits for these target groups.
Atos and GIZ kick-started their cooperation in 2021 by setting up a joint innovation challenge. The goal was to support digital innovations aimed at improving access to education for persons with disabilities in Africa. To this end, both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021. We received overwhelming response to the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge – Africa Edition 2021 with over 200 applications.
Building upon this success, we have decided to take the challenge to another part of the world this year – India, one of the fastest growing countries in the world! Our aim is to find and support digital solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities and elderly people. Through this challenge, we intend to not only address one of the most pressing issues of recent times but also raise awareness about the importance of technology-based inclusive climate action.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. We work to shape a future worth living around the world.
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 105,000 employees and annual revenue of over € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products.
Initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Make-IT Alliance is a co-innovation network with partners from international companies, associations, researchers and other partners. The Alliance promotes collaboration and supports the exchange of experience and practical knowledge between international and local partners in order to foster digitalisation for inclusive and sustainable development world-wide.
Our mission is working for a world with zero barriers. Worldwide, the Zero Project finds and shares solutions that improve the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities. In order to achieve this objective, the Zero Project engages with a worldwide cross-sectoral network of innovators, decision-makers, and opinion leaders.
Ability Foundation works for an equitable society & a level playing field for persons with disabilities. Its areas of involvement include advocacy, inclusion, empowerment, information and rights, and towards these, is involved in a wide range of pioneering activities that serve to bridge the divide between persons with & without disabilities towards creating an equitable world for all.