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ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge: Call for Applications - Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted August 25, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on September 14, 2021
ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge poster
ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge poster

Access to education is one of the greatest barriers to inclusion for children, young persons and adults with disabilities in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this situation. Digital innovations can help to overcome this challenge by removing barriers to education for persons with disabilities.

Are you developing a digital device and / or application, that facilitates inclusive education?
Do you have a concrete idea to raise awareness for inclusive education using digital technologies?
Do you develop digital assistive technologies to be used in classroom settings?
Do you work on accessibility solutions for online learning environments?

This is a call to arms. It’s time for a change. Are you in? Register for the ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge and shape the inclusive education in Africa!

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is looking for digital innovations that provide or improve access to education for people with disabilities in Africa.

This includes solutions that tackle specific challenges in classroom settings, remote / online learning settings, and / or informal learning settings.

Solutions that facilitate the acquisition of employer-relevant digital skills for persons with disabilities are also welcome.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Individuals or Teams of Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Students, Change makers, Tech geeks, Disability activists.
2. Persons aged at least 18 years old or above the legal working age in the country of residence.
3. Permanent residents of an African country or non-residents teaming up with an African organization.
4. Applicants should submit an innovative idea, mock-up, or proof of concept (PoC) of a digital solution or a solution with a significant digital component to improve access to education for persons with disabilities in Africa.

Atos or GIZ employees (and their immediate family) are not eligible to take part in the challenge.

Any solutions that are already on the market will also be excluded.

The teams or individuals who submitted the 8 best solutions will be invited to a two-week virtual Bootcamp.

In addition to being coached by elite mentors during the bootcamp, the top 3 winning teams will be awarded with dedicated 3 month long mentorship program after the bootcamp, monetary prizes and an opportunity to pitch to Atos Accelerator programme.

Prizes:
• 1st placed team € 6,500.
• 2nd placed team € 2,500.
• 3rd placed team € 1,000.

Submit your innovative idea, mock-up or proof of concept until 15 September 2021.

For more information, please visit https://ict4inclusionchallenge.org/

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Aug 25
Aug 25

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Aug 27
Aug 27

Thanks, Ana.