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£50,000 Inclusive Technology Prize

£50,000 Inclusive Technology Prize

Innovate UK has launched a £50,000 Inclusive Technology Prize for developers.

The organisation, formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board, is looking for “innovation in products, technologies and systems that enables disabled people, their families, friends and carers equal access to life’s opportunities”.

The winner will receive a prize contract worth £50,000.

Innovations must involve co-creation with disabled people and can relate to any aspect of life including, but not limited to, education, home, leisure, transport and work.

Entrants should demonstrate a real understanding of the situation that their idea addresses. The judges will also be considering the degree to which an idea makes life easier, provides more choice and gives control to a user.

Other criteria the judges will apply include the quality, safety, growth potential and affordability of each proposal.

Innovate UK is particularly keen to receive entries from disabled people, user groups, community groups, the maker community, designers, students and assistive technology professionals.

Entrants must also be willing to share their ideas. Innovate UK is inviting visitors to its website to post ideas they would like to see developed.

The deadline for entries is January 16 2015.