Innovation for Independence

Inclusive Technology Prize

We are looking for innovation in products, technologies and systems that enable disabled people, their families, friends and carers equal access to life’s opportunities.

From over 200 entries, 25 semi-finalists, and 10 finalists, one idea - The Open Voice Factory (previously called AzuleJoe) - was awarded £50,000 to help bring the product to market. They were named at our Award Event along with the recipients of two additional Recognition Awards, worth £15,000 and £35,000

Teams participating in the semi-finalist and finalist stages received a range of financial and non-financial support to help develop, prototype and user test their solutions. 

We're looking for potential collaborators, partners and funders to help us shape and deliver the next Inclusive Technology Prize. 

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Check out the challenge prize aims, objectives and stages, entry and judging criteria, FAQs, the types of solutions we are looking for and who the judges and partners are.

Find out more about ITP


Make a wish! A wish is something you have experienced or indentified that you think could be improved by this challenge prize. This could be anything related to your everyday life.

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View the ideas! You can read and comment on all the submitted entries. This is a place for everyone to share innovative solutions and make connections. The Challenge is now closed.

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Ideas people posted

Friendly SMART technology in the home for Deaf People

Today's products incorporate SMART technology but these confuse Deaf People whose first language is British Sign La

Easy to Use Gloves/Mittens

To design a pair of gloves\mittens which are not just easy to get on and off, are extremely warm and allow the wearer to

Intelligent Lighting System

Sensory Media is developing an intelligent LED lighting system that synchronizes with music emotionally, offering one-st

Tandem (app)

Tandem - an app that allows a learning disabled or young disabled adult to be virtually guided/mentored by an expert use

Latest news

Finalist Updates #4: Evolvable walking aid - One Small Step Ahead

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Finalist Updates #4: Bionic Hands - A robotic hand you can build within an hour

Recently we have released a detailed guide, instructions, diagrams, tutorials, and the code for our working robotic hands.

Finalist Updates #4: How Do I? - Create, present, improve, repeat

‘This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.

Finalist Updates #4: Active Hands - Progress through very busy times.

For many companies January and the time after the Christmas rush is the quietest period of the whole year.  Not for Active Hands.