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Final Day for York Business Contest.


7:20am 8th January 2013

It's the final day for businesses in York to enter a Digital Inclusion Innovation Contest.

£48,000 is up for grabs for the company that can develop a smart phone app to help older people with sensory difficulties.

The University of York is a partner in a contest to develop innovative commercial prototypes which will benefit disabled, blind and partially sighted people.

The new Digital Inclusion Innovation Contest, launched by the Technology Strategy Board, aims to stimulate digital innovation by UK businesses for assisted living applications.

Businesses are challenged by the Technology Strategy Board to develop an innovative prototype which has a wider commercial potential. The prize includes funding of up to £48,000 to develop the prototype and the chance to work with partners, including York’s Department of Computer Science, for up to three months to trial the proposed solution.

York is partnering the challenge with the theme of Sensory Assistance. This aims to create a new digital application, product or service to assist older people and people with sensory disabilities.  The Technology Strategy Board says successful solutions should explore ways in which smart phone apps can:

  • help visually impaired people navigate the ‘last 10 yards’ (which current GPS systems fail to do)
  • assist people with alerting family or carers to a fall, or
  • alert people with a hearing impediment to important sounds in the home environment.  

Professor Helen Petrie, Head of York’s Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group, is a contest judge. Together with other members of the HCI Research Group she will work with the winner of the York sponsored challenge.

Professor Petrie said: “We are looking forward to seeing what companies can up with to help those who would traditionally not engage with technology. Here at York we work with technology to find ways to make people’s lives better - it’s all too easy for us to take everyday items like smart phones for granted, when they can really help to change lives.”

Applications will be judged on the level of innovation, fit for the challenge and the potential to run a commercial trial. The deadline for applications is today, Tuesday, 8 January 2013.

For full contest details and to apply visit the Digital Inclusion Innovation Contest page. https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/digital-inclusion-innovation-contest

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