DAA members will be aware that a part of the DAA Mission Statement is to identify issues at a local, regional and national level, and work together to design and deliver innovative solutions. In looking at innovative solutions that increase the independence of disabled people, the DAA is aware of the need to drive forward digital inclusion; the Digital Inclusion project is currently running a digital inclusion survey and we’d love to hear your thoughts.
The DAA secretariat have recently been in contact with Google, who spoke to us about their commitment to increasing independent living by improving the accessibility of technology/digital media; making the world is more accessible for disabled people. Members might be interested to find out about a Google initiative to enable UK projects looking to help disabled people increase their independence to progress by applying for grants of up to $1M. For more information, please read on.
Google Impact Challenge Disabilities
Google.org announced a commitment of $20 million in grants for non-profit organisations using emerging technologies to increase independence for disabled people. Exciting ideas leveraging technology are already becoming a reality; for instance, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs and eye-controlled communication software are part of a wave of innovations that have enormous potential to increase the independence of disabled people. Google hope that the Google Impact Challenge will propel even more technological innovation, creating meaningful and positive change for disabled people.
Any non-profit organisation from across the world can apply to receive a grant by submitting their application to the open call here, before 30th September 2015 (2pm Pacific Daylight Time / 9pm Greenwich Mean Time).
What Google are looking for:
- Big Ideas: Ideas should be transformative and address not only the change you seek for your organisation, but also the change you want to see in the world. In 10 years, if your idea were to be wildly successful, how would the lives of disabled people be different?
- Technology at the Core: Ideas should apply technology in a way that is innovative and effective. Technology shouldn’t just make your existing work more efficient; it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches. Google love ideas that involve the development of cutting-edge technology, but innovative applications of existing technology are also welcome.
- Potential for Scale: Google don’t expect your idea to reach millions of people in a year, (though if it can, definitely submit it). However you should be able to articulate a way in which it could reach a large number of people.
- Team: Taking on big, scalable ideas that have technology at their core is hard. Google look for teams that are strong and nimble enough to implement the work proposed.
Google have published a blog post here about the launch of this initiative if you would like to find out more.