[Announcement] Immersion and Challenges Days get underway in the Enable Makeathon 2015

The Enable Makeathon is a 60-day programme in which participants – including technology and design experts, persons with disabilities and mentors – will develop solutions and products for persons with disabilities.


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ICRC has announced Enable Makeathon, an initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has received the committed support of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

The ICRC and innovation related organisations continue their collaboration and crowd-sourcing ideas for inspiring the development of innovative and affordable solutions for persons with disability, as many as 138 participants have registered — 84 from India — for this global event and now, the selected teams are gathering in Bengaluru on November 2122 for the Challenge and Immersion Days respectively. The venue is the Association of People with Disability at 6th Cross, Hutchins Road, Off Hennur Road, Lingarajapuram, St. Thomas Town Post, Bengaluru.

The challenges faced by persons with disability are unique, especially in rural areas of the developing world, with no paved paths for wheelchairs, no public transport, basic to non-existent orthopaedic facilities, little/no access to education etc. The solutions for these challenges are therefore unique as well and these could potentially be a game-changer for humanitarian organisations and NGOs looking for affordable innovative solutions.

On the dates listed above, you can meet the teams, learn about the challenges presented to them, meet the experts who will mentor the teams and, most importantly, talk to the people whose lives will be affected by the solutions being developed.

These solutions will ultimately be presented to a panel of judges who will pick the best of the lot, while cash awards totaling USD50, 000 will be given to the winners. Investors would then leverage the best prototypes for mass production at affordable cost for the benefit of those who need them.

The Enable Makeathon is a 60-day programme by the end of which participants – including technology and design experts, persons with disabilities and mentors – would have developed solutions and products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes. Shri Jain commended the organisation for initiating the Enable Makeathon, saying his Ministry wants “to engage with all the 138 entrants in the competition and connect them with those who can help develop their ideas.” He suggested that from these ideas could come solutions that could contribute to helping society diminish the three barriers (physical barriers, social barriers and psychological barriers) which hinder persons with disabilities from attaining their full potential.

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Earlier at the event, Robertangelo Ciccone, the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme Manager explained the work of the ICRC with persons with disabilities around the world, while Nihal Kashinath of IoT Bangalore and Pavan Kumar of Workbench Projects—both partners of the ICRC, informed the media that at the end of the close of entries, as many as 138 participants had registered — 84 of which are from India.

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The Enable Makeathon is a project initiated by the ICRC and its partners to help create new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas across the world. It is motivated by the spirit of broad collaboration with the government, the private sector, the academia as well as other interested individuals. It is being held onsite in Bengaluru, India, as well as online for participants from across the world. All participants will present the prototypes developed by them at a Demo Day event on January 23rd, 2016 in Bengaluru.

For further information, please contact:
Adebayo Olowo-Ake (English) ICRC New Delhi, tel: + 91 97113 09561
Surinder Oberoi (Hindi), ICRC New Delhi, tel: +91 98717 98386
Visit our website: www.icrc.org

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