The Smart Accessibility Awards 2012, a competition that callss for developers from across Europe to design smartphone apps which take into consideration the needs of older people and people with disabilities, was launched on Wednesday by the Vodafone Foundation.
The prize fund of €200,000 will be spread across four different winning smartphone apps in the areas of social participation, independent living, mobility and well-being. Entries are open until October 15th and chosen finalists will present their application to the jury in at event in Spain this December.
The NDRC (National Digital Research Centre) has partnered with Vodafone to encourage Irish entries to the competition and is running a free two day workshop for app developers at NDRC’s HQ on Crane Street on the 21st and 22nd August.
The idea of the workshop is to gather inventive developers and researchers together and help them generate and develop ideas for entries in the competition. There will be a concept development and commercial development workshop as well as technical demonstration of tools and applications and simulations of user disabilities. Teams will also have the chance to practice pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. To sign up for the free workshop click here.
This is the second year of the Smart Accessibility Awards and last years winners produced some interesting apps as seen in the video below.