We are proud to announce the roll-out of the second edition of the Enable Makeathon — a platform for innovation in assistive devices for persons with disabilities. This follows from the success of our global initiative held in 2015-16. The Enable Makeathon 2.0 has a much wider scope and aims at creating products as well as services for not only persons with locomotor disability, but also for persons who are blind or have low vision and persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The focus of this intensive innovation programme is to address key challenges faced by persons with disabilities from the point of view of accessibility and employability.

The crowdsourcing for challenges is now complete and a jury will shortlist the final 12 challenges that will be posed to the participants when the call for applications is launched next week.

The co-creation camp, which will be held in November-December 2017, is expected to extend for 75 days giving ample time to participants to develop business and market plans and to enlist support from design and fabrication companies and institutes. The co-creation camps will simultaneously take place in two locations; Bengaluru, India hosted by the ICRC and London, UK hosted by the Global Disability Innovation Hub and University College London.

Three winners will receive cash awards to help them build and scale up their ideas.

Watch this space for the Call for Participation.

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