German cable operator starts innovation challenge for apps to help persons with disabilities
Europe, ICT, October 24 2017
German cable operator Unitymedia announced the Digital Imagination Challenge, to find new ideas to make it easier for persons with disabilities to use ICT. The project is part of a broader European initiative launched by Unitymedia’s parent company Liberty Global.
According to Unitymedia, one in ten people in Germany have a disability. The company is inviting start-ups and other organizations with groundbreaking ideas to participate in the challenge and stand a change to win EUR 20,000 in funding. Projects with a prototype or first users are preferred, and applications must be submitted by 26 November.
All applications will be presented on the website of the Digital Imagination Challenge. An expert team from Unitymedia, social workers and Impact Hub Berlin will pick the five best ideas and invite their backers to Berlin. There, from 11 January to 09 February 2018, they will receive a customized support program and make their final pitch of the competition. On 15 February, the jury will present the three winners of the Digital Imagination Challenge.
In addition to the prize money of EUR 20,000, the three winning teams will receive individual consulting and coaching from Unitymedia and Impact Hub Berlin. This includes participation in a two-day Bootcamp in Berlin, a four-week support program with pitch training to prepare for the Digital Imagination Award, access to the Unitymedia and Impact Hub network, and impact hub membership.