Innovate for an accessible india

A NASSCOM Foundation and Microsoft India initiative in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) to help foster innovative, affordable and scalable Assistive Technologies.

Innovate for an Accessible India – A NASSCOM Foundation and Microsoft India initiative in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) invites ideas from across India for workable solutions that can address problems faced by persons with disabilities.

India is home to 26.8 million persons with disability (Source: 2011 Census). With the new broadened definition of what constitutes a disability, this number stands to grow. With a large chunk of the population unable to fully participate in the economy and society, it has never been more important to renew focus on inclusion of persons with disability as a national priority.

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is now being widely adopted to provide affordable, scalable solutions in the area of Assistive Technologies (ATs). However, often, due to prohibitive costs, these are rendered inaccessible for a large section of the population. Due to a growing need for low cost and localised solutions, there has been a new wave and call for innovation within the space of disability focused solutions. Innovators are now leveraging ubiquitous and pervasive nature ICTs to create low cost, high impact solutions that deliver services to the last mile.

It is this space that the Innovate for Accessible India (IAI) aims to contribute towards.

SDGs Supported

Decent work and economic growth
Reduced Inqualities
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Application Invited For The Following Categories

Mobility

Solutions that promote independent navigation and movement

E-Governance & Access

Solutions that promote access to digital tools and online services

Education

Solutions that promote learning and retention

Skills & Livelihood

Solutions that provide access to skilling opportunities and promote employability.

Health

Solutions that provide preventive, curative or remedial care.

Program Timeline

Call For Application

Applications invited from NGOs, Social Enterprises, Students, Research Scholars, Individuals and groups.

First Level Screening

Application eligibility check

Initial Jury Review

The jury consisting of the top subject matter experts to review applications and  select 50 best ones for the final jury to preside over.

Cross City Pitch Sessions

The jury consisting of the top subject matter experts to review applications and  select 50 best ones for the final jury to preside over.

Winner Announcement

Winning innovations to be recognized at the award ceremony in New Delhi.

Grants and Mentoring support

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