Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

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The last date for applications is September 30, 2017.  The First round applications closes on the September 10th, and the second round applications closes on September 30th. 

The ICRC and its partners including the Global Disability Innovation Hub, invites persons with disabilities, engineers, designers, scientists, innovators, manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians, to join the Enable Makeathon 2 movement to develop appropriate solutions for challenges of Accessibility and Employability faced by persons with disabilities at the bottom of the pyramid.

The EM2 will address needs of people with locomotor disability, people who are blind or have low vision, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

As a participant you will receive:

  • Access to persons with disability for their insights, guidance and for testing prototypes
  • Design, fabrication /prototyping expertise and support at a 15 day co-creation camp
  • Business advice and connections to investors 
  • Connections to an ecosystem of players working on innovation in the disability space
  • Exposure of your work via the press and social media

The winners will in addition:

  • Win prizes of USD 25,000 15,000 and 10,000
  • Be eligible for incubation for other promising solutions 

The EM is an intensive 75-Day program running from December 2017 to February 2018. It provides support for selected teams to get insights from immersion with persons with disability, co-create prototypes with designers and fabrication companies, develop business plans and test solutions with users. Co-creation camps will simultaneously take place in two locations - Bengaluru, India hosted by the ICRC and London, UK hosted by the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub and University College London.

To ensure that the early prototypes can make it to the next level i.e., be developed further and mass produced for customers, the ICRC will invite companies, manufacturers and investors to be a part of the process.

Three winners will receive cash awards to help them build and scale up their ideas, and otherselected teams will have their products incubated over a one-year year.

This is a collaborative initiative of the ICRC, GDI and several partner institutions, including the V-Shesh, Applied Singularity, University College London, Global Shapers Bangalore, Global Humanitarian Lab, Project DEFY, The Association of People with Disability, Innovation Alchemy, The Government of India, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IKP Eden, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Formulate IP and the Indian Red Cross Society.

If you have any questions go to the Facebook group, check out FAQs or write to info@enablemakeathon.