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ITU is holding the third edition of the Regional Competition for Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe – a competition aimed at promoting the development of innovative and creative digital solutions to benefit persons with disabilities (PwD), bringing more social inclusion and interaction, comfort and quality of life to their daily routine through mobile technologies.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have a vital role for ALL people’s empowerment and represent an enabler for an inclusive society. For Persons with Disabilities (PwD), ICTs are essential barrier removers which help them live an independent life, participate in cultural events or political processes, benefit from education or entertainment, or obtain a job.
Therefore, it is crucial to join efforts at an institutional and international level to identify and remove accessibility barriers to enable human development and social inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) – and promote innovative solutions that leverage the opportunities of ICT to foster equal inclusion of all and reduce the digital divide, particularly for Persons with Disabilities, enabling them to participate in and benefit from the Information and Knowledge Society.
The Regional Competition for Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe promotes the goals and objectives of ITU, as well as Sustainable Development Goals, in the specific context of Europe. The competition aims at fostering the research and development of new digital solutions which seek to bring more social inclusion and interaction as well as comfort and quality of life to the daily routine of persons with disabilities, in line with SDG 10 (reduced inequality). Simultaneously, it aims at fostering the innovation ecosystem with a focus on ICT Accessibility, in line with SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure).
We look forward to submissions to the competition by 15 December 2020.
Shortlisted candidates will be announced on 19 February 2021 and will be invited to join ITU-EC Forum for Europe “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL.” where they will receive the opportunity to present their solutions and where winners will be announced.