A World of Solutions: IADB Innovation Lab Competition (Caribe/Latin America)

September 3, 2009

A World of Solutions: IADB Innovation Lab Competition

Financing of up to US$ 20,000 will be provided for an innovation to improve the quality of life and the economic and social inclusion of People with Disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Deadline: October 15, 2009.

In the Science and Technology Division of the Inter-American Development Bank we are looking to support the implementation of pilot projects that use innovation to improve the quality of life and the economic and social inclusion of People with Disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The initiative is made up of two competitions:

We wanted to know more about what problems people with disabilities (PWD) face in the region.

Our blogis an interactive tool where PWD, Disabled People’s Organizations, and anyone interested in the topic shared, voted, and prioritized the most important barriers to social and economic inclusion. The voting process was active open until July 10, 2009, and the most voted problems were:

Problem: Vote
Software for employment of people with visual disabilities 61,160
Toys for All 43,480
Access to Transport 42181
Education support for Deaf children 2587
How can people with physical disabilities work from home? 1068

And now, we are opening the Competition of Solutions!

The competition is open until October 15, 2009, and we are looking for solutions to these most voted problems. Scientists, innovators and creative people from all areas are invited to participate and the IDB will finance the piloting of the five most appropriate and innovative ideas. Financing of up to US$ 20,000 will be provided.

On the interactive webpage you can learn more about the dialogue and discussing related to the problems.

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