One month to go on Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2011
Europe, September 15 2011
The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been designed to promote the development of apps which can improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people to allow them to become more actively involved in society. The race is on as just one month of the competition remaining for developers to submit their entry and a chance to win a share of €200,000.
The programme is supported and co-organized by AGE Platform Europe, the European network of around 160 organizations of and for people aged 50-plus, and the European Disability Forum (EDF), the NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities.
The competition will award the best smartphone application in four areas:
- Social participation: refers to applications which help users to become more involved in today’s society and help them benefit from using new technologies, whatever their age and/or capacity. The aim is to help everyone to access the web and social media through smartphones.
- Independent living: refers to applications which help users with everyday tasks such as washing or opening a door easily and safely so that they can live more independently
- Mobility: refers to applications which enable users to travel freely and safely whatever kind of transport system they would like to use. It also refers to the use of GPS and locations apps which can help guide people in unfamiliar places.
- Wellbeing: refers to applications which improve the users’ health and overall feeling of wellbeing.
Entries from across Europe will go head to head to win a share of the total prize fund of the €200,000 that will be split equally between four winners. The competition is open until 15 October 2011. All entries should be submitted to http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/.
All qualifying entries will be evaluated in November by a jury, consisting of representatives from AGE Platform Europe, European Disability Forum and Vodafone Foundation. Twelve finalists will be selected and requested to present their application before the final jury in Brussels in early December at a live final, where the four overall winners will be chosen.
By Aqeel Qureshi