Winners of first ‘ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge’ in Africa announced

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Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa existing their revolutionary solutions for inclusive education

Paris, France – December 3, 2021

The ICT four Inclusion Obstacle (ICT4IC) aims to shape inclusive education for individuals with disabilities in Africa. The 3 successful teams had been presented with their awards today for the duration of the ceremony which took spot practically, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its places of work in Munich. The competitors observed 202 programs with more than 400 individuals from 37 international locations about the earth contend.

The competitors was structured by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Enhancement (BMZ) jointly with the Make-IT Alliance. Electronic inclusion stands at the coronary heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ experience portfolio, with precise solutions supporting individuals with temporary or lasting disabilities to work with no boundaries in the electronic place of work.

The purpose of the obstacle is to build electronic improvements which are created to enhance entry to education for all those with disabilities in Africa. The teams had been asked to post a electronic or complex innovation (plan, mock-up or proof-of-strategy (PoC)) that presents or increases entry to education for small children, youths and/or grown ups with disabilities in Africa. This could be a electronic product or software electronic assistive systems an plan to elevate awareness for inclusive education making use of electronic systems and accessibility solutions for on-line discovering environments.

After an first initially round in which ten teams had been chosen by 24 judges to show up at a two-7 days virtual bootcamp, the 9 experts sturdy ultimate jury panel, made up of Atos executives as perfectly as experts from GIZ, the non-public sector, civil modern society and global businesses, selected 3 finalists. These are:

  • onest prize and competitors winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria

Vinsighte is a examining software package / software that will make use of Synthetic Intelligence to assist the visually impaired to study conveniently. It functions by scanning by means of texts on textbooks and examining the textbooks aloud to the visually impaired person. The team gained €6,five hundred.

  • twond prize: ‘Virtual E&T’, South Africa

This customized app presents accessible and economical Digital Education and Instruction Portal for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The team gained €2,five hundred.

  • atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-2ndprize3rd prize: ‘Talking Charts’, Kenya

This option addresses the accessibility challenges of information visualization for the individuals with visual impairment and blind individuals by means of artificial speech and vehicle-captioning. The team gained €1,000.

atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-3rdprizeEach individual participant in every single of 3 successful teams was awarded a focused 3-thirty day period mentorship plan at Atos beginning in January 2022, as perfectly as financial prizes and an option to pitch to be aspect of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator plan.

Commenting on these final results, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe saidCongratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-away by the creativeness and top quality of the entries.Obtain to education is a person of the biggest boundaries to inclusion for small children, younger folks and grown ups with disabilities in Africa and electronic improvements can support to defeat this obstacle by removing boundaries to education for folks with disabilities. We’re extremely very pleased to persuade the new technology to support shape the inclusive education in Africa”.

The judging panel was thoroughly chosen to deliver knowledge in the fields of education, Information and facts and Conversation Technological innovation (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and disability inclusion as perfectly as regional African views. The competitors entrants essential to be lasting citizens of an African state or non-citizens teaming up with an African corporation, proving that their option is not nonetheless commonly obtainable on the market place and encouraging that individuals of disabilities are both aspect of the team or incorporated into the item development procedure.

To discover out extra, be sure to go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.net/ .

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Photograph one: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Photograph two: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Digital E&T” and Photograph 3: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Conversing Charts”

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in electronic transformation with 107,000 workers and annual profits of more than € 11 billion. European range a person in cybersecurity, cloud and substantial-performance computing, the Group presents tailor-made finish-to-finish solutions for all industries in seventy one international locations. A pioneer in decarbonization expert services and items, Atos is dedicated to a protected and decarbonized electronic for its clientele. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on Euronext Paris and incorporated in the CAC 40 ESG and Future 20 indexes.

The function of Atos is to support structure the foreseeable future of the info room. Its knowledge and expert services guidance the development of understanding, education and investigate in a multicultural strategy and add to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the earth, the Group enables its clients and workers, and users of societies at massive to stay, work and build sustainably, in a protected and protected info room.

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