Digital Inclusion Innovation Contest closing soon


The Digital Inclusion Innovation contest closes in a few days but there is still time to submit your application by noon on Tuesday 8 January 2013.

Run by IC tomorrow in partnership with the University of York, RNIB and NLA and Scope, the contest is offering three businesses up to £48,000* each in funding to develop innovative commercial prototypes meeting challenges set with our partners. These prototypes should ideally have the potential to work across a wider commercial market. Successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with the support of the respective challenge partner for a minimum of three months.

This opportunity is open to any UK-based company or developer; it is not necessary to have an existing app or service to apply or to be active in the inclusion sector either. We are looking for good ideas, which fit one of the three open challenges set by RNIB, Scope and University of York.

The challenges for the contest are:

  • University of York: To create a new digital application, product or service to assist older people and people with sensory disabilities.
  • RNIB: To create a new digital reader and search tool for newspapers which is deliverable in multiple formats and that is inclusive and accessible for the visually impaired.
  • Scope: To demonstrate how cross platform web applications can be used to enhance physical home functions for disabled people.

Successful applicants will not only benefit from an award of up to £48,000* for the development of a prototype but will also gain from a valuable working partnership with University of York, RNIB or Scope. Winners will fully retain their intellectual property and ideally the proposed solutions will have the potential to work across a wider commercial market once the contest trial has ended.

The contest final event is being held in central London on Thursday 7 February 2013.

The Digital Inclusion Innovation Contest has a straightforward application process consisting of a short online application form and a two-minute YouTube video. The video can be anything from a simple piece to camera, to a demo but should highlight the freshness and innovation behind the proposed idea and outline why it is applicable to the particular contest challenge.

For more information and to apply by this Tuesday 8 January 2013 at noon, please click here.

*Including VAT