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Winners of first ‘ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge’ in Africa announced

Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa existing their impressive methods for inclusive schooling

Paris, France – December 3, 2021

The ICT 4 Inclusion Problem (ICT4IC) aims to shape inclusive schooling for men and women with disabilities in Africa. The a few winning groups were offered with their awards now all through the ceremony which took area just about, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its offices in Munich. The opposition noticed 202 programs with above four hundred members from 37 nations about the environment contend.

The opposition was arranged by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Improvement (BMZ) collectively with the Make-IT Alliance. Digital inclusion stands at the heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ experience portfolio, with specific methods serving to men and women with non permanent or long-lasting disabilities to get the job done devoid of barriers in the electronic workplace.

The purpose of the challenge is to produce electronic improvements which are made to increase entry to schooling for those with disabilities in Africa. The groups were questioned to post a electronic or complex innovation (concept, mock-up or evidence-of-notion (PoC)) that supplies or improves entry to schooling for small children, youths and/or older people with disabilities in Africa. This could be a electronic unit or application electronic assistive technologies an concept to elevate consciousness for inclusive schooling making use of electronic technologies and accessibility methods for on the internet finding out environments.

Right after an original 1st round in which 10 groups were picked by 24 judges to show up at a 2-week digital bootcamp, the nine gurus sturdy remaining jury panel, manufactured up of Atos executives as very well as gurus from GIZ, the non-public sector, civil modern society and global organizations, chose a few finalists. These are:

  • 1st prize and opposition winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria

Vinsighte is a studying software package / application that will make use of Synthetic Intelligence to aid the visually impaired to examine conveniently. It functions by scanning by texts on publications and studying the publications aloud to the visually impaired user. The team received €6,500.

  • atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-1stprize2nd prize: ‘Virtual E&T’, South Africa

This custom-made application supplies available and reasonably priced Virtual Instruction and Teaching Portal for men and women with intellectual disabilities. The team received €2,500.

  • atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-2ndprize3rd prize: ‘Talking Charts’, Kenya

This option addresses the accessibility problems of data visualization for the men and women with visible impairment and blind men and women by artificial speech and vehicle-captioning. The team received €1,000.

atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-3rdprizeEvery single participant in each of a few winning groups was awarded a focused 3-month mentorship program at Atos beginning in January 2022, as very well as financial prizes and an prospect to pitch to be aspect of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator program.

Commenting on these final results, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe claimedCongratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-absent by the creativity and high quality of the entries.Accessibility to schooling is just one of the greatest barriers to inclusion for small children, youthful persons and older people with disabilities in Africa and electronic improvements can help to overcome this challenge by eradicating barriers to schooling for persons with disabilities. We’re extremely happy to encourage the new era to help shape the inclusive schooling in Africa”.

The judging panel was very carefully picked to deliver experience in the fields of schooling, Facts and Communication Technological know-how (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and incapacity inclusion as very well as regional African views. The opposition entrants wanted to be long-lasting citizens of an African state or non-citizens teaming up with an African group, proving that their option is not still readily available on the market place and encouraging that men and women of disabilities are possibly aspect of the team or incorporated into the products growth method.

To obtain out a lot more, remember to go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.web/ .


Photo 1: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Photo 2: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Virtual E&T” and Photo 3: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Talking Charts”

About Atos

Atos is a worldwide leader in electronic transformation with 107,000 employees and yearly income of above € 11 billion. European number just one in cybersecurity, cloud and superior-efficiency computing, the Team supplies tailored close-to-close methods for all industries in 71 nations. A pioneer in decarbonization products and services and goods, Atos is dedicated to a secure and decarbonized electronic for its clients. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), mentioned on Euronext Paris and incorporated in the CAC forty ESG and Future 20 indexes.

The objective of Atos is to help design the upcoming of the info area. Its experience and products and services help the growth of know-how, schooling and study in a multicultural technique and contribute to the growth of scientific and technological excellence. Across the environment, the Team permits its customers and employees, and users of societies at significant to dwell, get the job done and produce sustainably, in a protected and secure info area.

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