Innovation for Independence

Stages

The challenge takes place over an 18 month time frame, which involves a number of different stages.  This page outlines what is involved in those stages and the related key dates.  It is important that entrants are able to commit to the duration of the challenge if their ideas are successful, so please read this section carefully.
 

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Stage 1

Submit Your Ideas            

This stage has now been completed.

Entries should be submitted in the ideas section by completing the online entry form.  A word version of the application form is available to download if there are difficulties with completing the form online.

The deadline for submitting ideas to the challenge is Friday 16 January 2015 at Midday (12pm)

After the deadline, all entries will be assessed against the criteria by a group of assessors and the selection of Semi-Finalists will be made by our panel of Judges.

 

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Stage 2

Semi-Finalists

This stage has now been completed.

You can find out more about our 25 semi-finalists or read about our Development Workshop.

Announcement of the 25 selected Semi-Finalists will be made at the beginning of March 2015

All entrants will be informed of the decision relating to their idea and will be provided with some feedback.

Semi-Finalists will be asked to attend an Development Workshop in London on 20th March 2015.  Semi-Finalist representation is compulsory as it is an important part of the challenge prize.  The relevant access support will be provided.  Travel and subsistence costs will be covered.

We will be providing a range of financial and non-financial support to Semi-Finalists to develop more detailed plans of their ideas.  The deadline for submission of detailed plans is Friday 1st May.

After this deadline, all detailed plans will be assessed against the criteria by a group of assessors and the selection of Finalists will be made by our panel of judges.

 

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Stage 3

Finalists

The announcement up to 10 selected Finalists will be made in June 2015 (date to be confirmed).

Finalists will be awarded up to £10,000 in a combination of financial and non finacial support to help develop their prototype and make their idea a reality.

All entrants will be informed of the decision relating to their idea and will be provided with some feedback.

Finalists will be required to attend a Next Steps session on Tuesday 30th June 2015 (date to be confirmed), which will also provide a practical opportunity to start developing the prototype or continued development of prototypes which already exist.

Finalist representation is compulsory at the Next Steps session as it is an important part of the challenge prize.  The relevant access support will be provided.  Travel and subsistence costs will be covered.

The prototyping stage lasts 6 months and will include verified user impact testing.  The type of impact testing conducted with user groups will depend on the nature of the prototype and will be agreed with Finalists at an early stage.  We would however recommend that the idea is constantly being tested by the entrant with a user group during development.

Finalists will need to have their prototype and final report ready by the end of January 2016 (date to be confirmed).

After this deadline, all detailed plans and prototypes will be assessed against the criteria by a group of assessors.  Finalists will also be interviewed by the Judging Panel week commencing Monday 15th February 2016 (date to be confirmed).

Further guidance will be provided for all detailed plans and reports throughout the challenge process.

 

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Stage 4

Announcing the Winner

The inaugural Inclusive Technology Prize (£50,000) has been awarded to The Open Voice Factory (previously called AzuleJoe), a tool that will help give people with communication difficulties a voice, highlighting how innovative technologies can make a real difference to the lives of disabled people. 

Special Recognition Awards went to Evolvable Walking Aid (£35,000) and How Do I? (£15,000) to support further development of the ideas. 

Find out more about awardees and finalists here.

 

 

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