15 teams have been selected for the co-creation phase from the top 23 that came from a pool of nearly 100 high quality applications from across the globe. This involved marathon interview sessions following which the jury shared their final list. The evaluation of the final teams was made not just on the strength of the idea and team, but also keeping in mind the co-creation and innovation ecosystems that each location offers the team.
These innovations are not just a unique idea but aimed at fulfilling a critical need for persons with disabilities, and collectively addressing the needs of millions of persons with disability across the world.
Get to know the Teams
From the 5th to the 21st of December teams will participate in the co creation process spread across two locations namely Bengaluru and London.
What will the teams get? Access to support for fabrication and manufacturing, business mentorship and to centres of excellence.
Most importantly, the teams will ‘co-create’ their idea with the end user, that is persons with disabilities.
Chabla OY – The first mobile app service that instantly connects the users to a live interpreter and enables deaf people to make and receive calls using International sign language.
Bleetech – A low-cost version of an encyclopaedia for persons who are hearing impaired, where users can ask questions on a mobile platform (either in sign language or English), where they receive answers to their queries in Indian sign language.
Unicom Solution – A mobile application which focuses on unifying all forms of communication into a single platform where a deaf person can communicate his message using sign language which will then be transferred to another person by converting the message into either a text or voice and vice versa, using a smartphone.
Visual Impairment and Low Vision
Workbench – A prototype that integrates hardware and software conversion text to speech, enabling visually impaired students to read any book.
Welava – This product aims at making tourism more accessible and memorable to the persons with disabilties through a universal design solution by entry ticket redesign
Autobots – An app that supports pregnancy diagnosis for the visually impaired using molecular imprinted diagnostics for detecting pregnancy for blind people.
Spinal Cord Injuries –
GlassChair – An intelligence solution in the form of smart glasses for people with disabilities relying on electric wheelchairs. This product will be an everyday life assistant for people with disabilities, helping them with their daily activities and interactions.
Non Spec – A below knee prosthetic system that is dynamic, affordable, lightweight, adjustable, and mass producible. The pylon material used can be fitted to any patient, be it a 12-year-old to a patient who is 70 years old.
Amparo – This is a prosthetic socket made of thermoplastic which can be remoulded easily to grow or change with each person. The socket can be remoulded and then back to regular use same day.
Mobility and access to personal caregivers –
Tridots – An electrically powered three wheeler which enables driving directly from the wheelchair. This three wheeler wheelchair is affordable, comfortable, safe, and provides independent access to wheelchair users.
Enable India – The application provides users with access to caregiver information, location, and contact information. The goal is for the app to become a “one-stop shop” for all support and services needed.
Torchit – Saarthi is a hardware solution which can be attached to a walking cane and will help a blind person through feedback in the form of a buzzing sound and vibrating sensations.
Mitran – A walking cane containing gas struts to aid in walking up the stairs more easily. These legs would retract and extend to provide stability for the person to climb up and descend down. This product helps people stay stable at all possible gradients.
Multiple Disabilities –
GameAble – A software which can provide access to disabled people by enabling them to play video games like their peers without disability. It features gesture recognition-based control software.
Follow the teams going to London for Co Creation – Glasschair, GameAble, Amparo and Mitran
Follow the teams going to Bangalore for Co creation – Chabla OY, Unicom, Enable India, Tridots, Non Spec, Autobot, Bleetech, Workbench, Torchit, Welava
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