Discapnet Awards for Accessible Technologies jury selects 12 finalists

Audible, by Amazon;  app Blind Explorer by Geko Navsat and BemyVega are the finalists for best product or service award.

Fundación Síndrome Down de Madrid, Fundación CNSE and Smart City Cluster, are the finalists for the person, company, institution or organization with an outstanding trajectory in favor or accessibility to technology award.

Trésdesis by Ayúdame 3D; IDRHA by Innovative Devices for Rehabilitation & Assistance and Aro by Tuso are finalists for best venture project with social impact aiming to improve the lives of people with disabilities through ICT award.

Tecnobility by Tecnobility Company, Televisión Española’s ‘De Seda y Hierro’ and Tododisca by Todo Disca Company, are finalists for the most prominent media outlet in disseminating information about accessible technology related initiatives, projects, products and services award.

Winners of the 6th edition will be announced during the Award ceremony that will be held this Fall in Madrid

Madrid, June 4, 2021. The jury of the VI edition of Discapnet Awards for Accessible Technologies of ONCE Foundation, chaired by Miguel Carballeda, president of ONCE Social Group, has selected 12 finalists from the hundred nominations submitted in the four available categories. Awards will be presented at a ceremony scheduled for next Fall in Madrid.

The awards recognize the best initiatives and actions carried out in the field of Information and Communication Technologies designed to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. They also recognize companies and organizations with an outstanding trajectory in the field of ICT accessibility.

This 6th edition debuts a new category that aims to recognize the most prominent media outlet in disseminating information about projects, products and services dealing with technology accessibility. This year’s awards are thus divided into four categories: best product or service; person or organization; best business venture project with a social impact; and media outlet.

Category A awards the best available technology-related product or service designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities. For this edition the jury selected the following finalists:

  1. Audible, an Amazon platform that reproduces audio content as a high quality audiobook. The jury praised the fact that “its interface is very accessible” and that “it makes access to culture easier to those having difficulties reading texts”.
  2. Blind Explorer, an application developed by the Geko Navsat company, which enhances wayfinding for people with disabilities in nature great outdoors by emitting 3D sounds and audio messages.
  3. Bemyvega, a technological solution developed by Bemyvega that enhaces accessibility in education by broadcasting a class through available videoconference tools (ZOOM, Meet, etc.)

Category B award recognizes the individual or Company with an outstanding continuous trajectory in improving technology accessibility. Finalists are:

  1. Fundación Síndrome de Down de Madrid, for designing accessible technology for people with intellectual disabilities and promoting digital literacy among this group.
  2. Fundación CNSE for its trajectory developing technology that promotes the inclusion of deaf people
  3. Smart City Cluster, an organization which promotes accessibility in the development of Smart Cities by encouraging their partners, which are mostly SMEs, to develop accessible technologies.  

Category C awards the best business venture project with social impact in order to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through ICT. This year’s finalists are:

  1. Trésdesis by Ayúdame 3D, a 3D printed arm that can be adapted to a person’s particular need. Manufacturing and training is offered locally.
  2. IDRHA by Innovative Devices for ArRehabilitation & Assistance (a Miguel Hernández University spin-off), a robot designed for the rehabilitation of people with acquired brain injury.
  3. Aro, by Tuso Company, a haptic interface shaped as a bracelet that guides visually impaired people around the city by using their sense of touch.

Lastly, Category D which recognizes the most outstanding media outlet in disseminating information about accessible technology related initiatives, projects, products and services.

  1. Tecnobility by Tecnobility Company, a website specialized in accessibility and technology with ample recognition by the disability population
  2. De Seda y Hierro by Radio Televisión Española, a TV show featuring disability stories. The show has had some episodes dealing with accessible technologies for different disability profiles.
  3. Tododisca by Tododisca Company, a website specialized in disability with important rating numbers.

PRIZES

As in the previous edition, winners of each category will receive a cash prize. Categories A, B and C winners will receive € 5.000. Category C winner will receive € 15.000, which must be fully allocated to the development of the winning business venture.