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

Winners from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa existing their modern methods for inclusive education

Paris, France – December 3, 2021

The ICT four Inclusion Problem (ICT4IC) aims to shape inclusive education for individuals with disabilities in Africa. The 3 profitable teams ended up offered with their awards currently through the ceremony which took place just about, livestreamed from Atos’ headquarters in Bezons and its offices in Munich. The opposition observed 202 applications with over four hundred contributors from 37 countries all-around the globe compete.

The opposition was arranged by Atos and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf for German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Advancement (BMZ) with each other with the Make-IT Alliance. Electronic inclusion stands at the coronary heart of Atos’ raison d’etre and materializes into Atos’ working experience portfolio, with precise methods encouraging individuals with momentary or everlasting disabilities to operate without having boundaries in the electronic workplace.

The aim of the challenge is to produce electronic innovations which are developed to improve access to education for those people with disabilities in Africa. The teams ended up questioned to submit a electronic or complex innovation (thought, mock-up or proof-of-notion (PoC)) that supplies or enhances access to education for little ones, youths and/or adults with disabilities in Africa. This could be a electronic device or application electronic assistive technologies an thought to elevate consciousness for inclusive education working with electronic technologies and accessibility methods for on the net learning environments.

Right after an original very first spherical in which ten teams ended up chosen by 24 judges to go to a 2-7 days digital bootcamp, the nine authorities solid remaining jury panel, produced up of Atos executives as perfectly as authorities from GIZ, the private sector, civil society and global organizations, chose 3 finalists. These are:

  • onest prize and opposition winner: ‘Vinsighte’, Nigeria

Vinsighte is a looking through software package / application that helps make use of Artificial Intelligence to support the visually impaired to study conveniently. It operates by scanning by texts on textbooks and looking through the textbooks aloud to the visually impaired person. The workforce won €6,500.

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

This customized application supplies accessible and affordable Digital Education and Coaching Portal for individuals with mental disabilities. The workforce won €2,500.

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

This alternative addresses the accessibility challenges of info visualization for the individuals with visible impairment and blind individuals by artificial speech and auto-captioning. The workforce won €1,000.

atosnewsroom-ICT4IC-3rdprizeEvery participant in just about every of 3 profitable teams was awarded a committed 3-thirty day period mentorship program at Atos starting off in January 2022, as perfectly as monetary prizes and an chance to pitch to be part of Atos Scaler, the Group’s accelerator program.

Commenting on these outcomes, Udo Littke, Head of Atos in Central Europe statedCongratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants! I’m blown-absent by the creative imagination and quality of the entries.Entry to education is just one of the biggest boundaries to inclusion for little ones, younger folks and adults with disabilities in Africa and electronic innovations can assistance to overcome this challenge by eradicating boundaries to education for folks with disabilities. We’re extremely proud to inspire the new technology to assistance shape the inclusive education in Africa”.

The judging panel was very carefully chosen to offer abilities in the fields of education, Information and Interaction Technologies (ICT), innovation, accessibility, and disability inclusion as perfectly as regional African perspectives. The opposition entrants necessary to be everlasting inhabitants of an African nation or non-inhabitants teaming up with an African firm, proving that their alternative is not yet easily available on the marketplace and encouraging that individuals of disabilities are either part of the workforce or involved into the merchandise advancement system.

To uncover out additional, be sure to go to https://ict4inclusionchallenge.web/ .


Photograph one: Oluwatomisin Kolawole from “Vinsights” Photograph 2: Santie Terreblanche , Thomas Bezuidenhout, Taryn Du Toit, Mpilo Khumalo from “Digital E&T” and Photograph 3: Eric Maina Wamugu from “Chatting Charts”

About Atos

Atos is a world-wide chief in electronic transformation with 107,000 staff and annual revenue of over € eleven billion. European selection just one in cybersecurity, cloud and significant-efficiency computing, the Group supplies tailor-made conclusion-to-conclusion methods for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization providers and solutions, Atos is dedicated to a protected and decarbonized electronic for its shoppers. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), stated on Euronext Paris and involved in the CAC 40 ESG and Upcoming twenty indexes.

The intent of Atos is to assistance style and design the future of the facts area. Its abilities and providers guidance the advancement of information, education and analysis in a multicultural solution and contribute to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence. Throughout the globe, the Group enables its clients and staff, and members of societies at big to stay, operate and produce sustainably, in a harmless and protected facts area.

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