Submit Your Ideas on Affordable Solutions for Disabilities Challenges

North Kivu, Goma. A basketball game organized for the international day of the disabled.Photographer: elodie SCHINDLER,  ©ICRC. 

North Kivu, Goma. A basketball game organized for the international day of the disabled.Photographer: elodie SCHINDLER,  ©ICRC. 

What is Enable Makeathon?

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on engineers, designers, the scientific and innovation community, persons with disabilities, humanitarians, manufacturers, investors and entrepreneurs to join forces in the ‘Enable Makeathon’ to develop affordable solutions for challenges faced by persons with disabilities in rural areas.

The Enable Makeathon is a 60-day programme taking place between November 2015 and January 2016. It is composed of an ‘Online Track’ for teams from all around the world and an ‘Onsite Track’ with a series of events in Bengaluru, India. Teams will work towards finding innovative solutions to nine challenges that would ultimately result in one or all of the following desired results:

  • Improving individual autonomy of persons with physical disabilities
  • Improving the access to and quality of physical rehabilitation services
  • Adapting and using new technologies in a more effective manner

The solutions developed will take the form of early prototypes that effectively illustrate the functionality and potential look of a product, proving that the theory behind the idea actually works.

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 invites companies, manufacturers and investors to be part of the process.

This is a collaborative initiative of the ICRC and several partner institutions, including the Association of People with Disability India, Workbench Projects, Internet of Things (IoT) Bangalore, swissnex India, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Global Shapers Bangalore Hub, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Participation

Up to fifteen teams from all over India will be selected to participate in the three Makeathon events in Bengaluru, India. In addition, the ICRC will select teams from around the world to develop prototypes and present their solutions remotely during the event.

Key Dates

  • 1 Oct 2015: Call for Applications (applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis)
  • 14 Nov 2015: Closing of Applications
  • 21-22 Nov 2015: Challenge & Immersion Day
  • 18-21 Dec 2015: Business Boot Camp & Maker Days
  • 23 Jan 2016: Demo Day

For more details, click here: www.enablemakeathon.org