On 7th September, the GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech launched thanks to our partners and donor, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The GSMA will be one of the few programmes providing both mentorship and grant funding of GBP 100,000 to GBP 250,000 (read more about other opportunities here).
To be eligible innovators must be tackling one of the GSMA’s 5 primary barriers to digital inclusion for persons with disabilities. Here’s a bit more information about the barriers and what they mean:
Access — increasing accessibility and usability of handsets and mobile services for persons with disabilities.
Simple everyday tasks can be painfully time-consuming or impossible when services aren’t accessible. …
The events of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated connectivity is a fundamental human right. Never before has it been so important for people across the world to receive daily health information, call for assistance or access education online.
During the past nine months there has been a global acceleration of systems and services which have had to become ‘digital by default’. Some countries, like Estonia have seen relative success, while others are leaving behind citizens who can’t always access vital government services.
Oftentimes, in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs), these inequalities are significantly exacerbated for citizens most in need of assistance. Generalising, this is particularly true for persons with disabilities as well as IDPs and refugees. Without innovation and investment those who are typically marginalised by society risk being completely excluded as COVID-19 accelerates the digitisation of society. …
This blog post was co-authored by Rhys Williams (Assistive Tech (AT) Impact Fund and Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub), and is a collaboration between ARTILAB Foundation, AT Impact Fund, GSMA Assistive Tech and Innovate Now. Innovate Now and the AT Impact Fund have been launched out of the UK Aid funded AT2030 programme led by the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub.
ARTILAB Foundation, AT Impact Fund, GSMA Assistive Tech, Innovate Now, together are catalysing the emergence of the assistive technology innovation ecosystem in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Together the ambition is to lift the lid on this exciting emerging tech sector, support its growth and demonstrate global leadership on assistive technology. In this article you will learn more about assistive technology (AT) and these four initiatives supporting the ecosystem. …