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Mitigating the impact of climate change on people with disabilities


Mitigating the impact of climate change on people with disabilities


ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge

India edition 2022

Mitigating the impact of climate change on people with disabilities

What is the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge?

Have you ever thought about how climate change impacts people with disabilities and elderly people in India and what to do about it?

1.3 billion people with disabilities are largely left behind when it comes to climate action. In short – there is a need for digital and disability inclusive climate change actions! 
We believe that digital technologies need to play their part in this.

With the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge we wish to find and support technological and digital innovations for disability inclusion in India.

Do you have a mockup or ready digital solution for inclusive climate action in India? Join the ICT4IC 2.0 India Edition and apply now!

Read more about the Challenge and great prizes on our website. If you have any questions, please reach out to!

What is ICT4IC?

ICT4IC stands for Information Communications Technology for Inclusion Challenge . This is the hashtag (#ICT4IC) and shortcut for this challenge.

We want to find and support digital innovations for inclusive climate action. These can be related to the following topics and thematic areas:

  • Inclusive Adaptation to climate change. Examples include solutions for accessible information on climate change and related topics or solutions for accessible mobility.
  • Innovations for Inclusive Disaster risk management (DRM)*. Examples include inclusive early warning systems and accessible infrastructure solutions, such as accessible shelters, facilities, or mobility solutions, like a disability-inclusive disaster planning.
  • Mitigating the impact of climate change. For example accessible innovations for carbon emission reduction

You are welcome to submit your prototype  / mock-up under the following two categories:

*Note: We are aware that there are disasters not necessarily related to climate change. However, even for innovations related to non-climate change affected disasters, such as earthquakes, there can be important co-benefits for other types of disasters.

Mainstreaming Solutions

Under “Mainstreaming Solutions” we welcome applications that are digital solutions focusing on climate action in India. Even if the solution is not yet disability inclusive, we strongly encourage you to apply to benefit from our support program to make your product inclusive and accessible!

You are developing a digital device, application, website, etc., with a focus on climate action in India (this includes climate adaption, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction). Your innovation can potentially be made disability inclusive and/or universally accessible

Your solution could be related to e.g.: Flood warning, climate-smart cities, disaster risk mapping, severe weather warnings, climate change adaption, mitigation of carbon emissions, green transport and infrastructure, disaster risk planning, and more!

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. 

If you are unsure if you fit the eligibility criteria, feel free to contact our team under

Scaling Solutions

Under “Scaling Solutions”, we welcome applications that are digital and already disability inclusive solutions for climate action in India.

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/or age.

You are creating a digital and/or technical solution for persons with disabilities or the elderly to make everyday infrastructure more disability inclusive and/or universally accessible (buildings, transport systems, roads). 

Who can apply?

We are happy to receive applications from Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Tech Start-up or Company Founders, Changemakers, Tech Geeks, University graduates, and alumni.

The proposed solution must be a digital/technological solution focusing on:
Climate change adaptation, mitigation, or disaster risk reduction, focused on the geographical region of India. Disability inclusion or the inclusion of elderly people (>60) is mandatory under the category “Scaling Solutions”.

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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. 

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. 

Does this apply to you? Then apply to us!
If you’re one of the 8 teams selected for the Accelerator Program, you’ll get support for scaling & pitching your solution.

Selection Criteria ICT4IC India Edition 2022

Submitted ideas will be evaluated considering the evaluation criteria described below. The teams with the top-ranked ideas will be selected to participate in the Accelerator Program.

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.

1/3 weighting

The solution/prototype 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.

1/3 weighting

Your solution/prototype 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.

1/3 weighting

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 22 Aug 2022

Register your interest and submit your prototype or ready solution. 


22 Aug – 06 Sep 2022

Inclusion experts will evaluate the submissions.  
12 Teams will be invited for selection interviews. 

Selection Interviews 

13 Sep – 23 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 

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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. 

Mainstream Solution

Scaling Solution

Can we help you?

Do you have questions about the eligibility criteria, how to apply, which stages the challenge has, or who the organisers of the challenge are?

Find the answer to these and other questions in our FAQ:

About the organisers
Cooperation GIZ and Atos

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.

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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.

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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.