The Technology Strategy Board’s SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) programme provides opportunities for innovative companies to engage with the public sector to solve specific problems. These ‘Competitions’ for new technologies and ideas are run on specific topics and aim to engage a broad range of organisations.
Selected applicants are awarded contracts with the public sector to demonstrate and develop their technology.
Jisc TechDis have launched two new SBRI Assistive Technology Competitions for learners with disabilities and/or learning difficulties aimed at technology companies. They are:
Ready, steady, STEM
This competition is about opening up access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. These subjects present a range of accessibility issues for some people with disabilities. This includes those who: are print impaired (dyslexic, blind or partially sighted, colour blind); have learning difficulties (including dyscalculia); and those with manual dexterity difficulties. Challenges include having to work with pen and paper, manipulating formulae and symbols, or interacting with diagrams and graphs.
Good to go
The second competition is ‘Good to go’. Disabilities can present barriers to independence in accessing work based technologies and equipment in a variety of industries. In many cases it is time consuming or even impossible to create the real time technical instructions and information needed to mitigate the risks disabled learners may face when working, training or learning in challenging or unfamiliar environments.
Jisc TechDis is organising an online information day on 25th September 2013. This is an opportunity to hear from the Challenge sponsors and meet potential new collaborators. There will be opportunities for private discussions in addition to open sessions. It is free to attend but registration is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and include SBRI Information Day in the subject line by Monday 23 September 2013 @ 14:00 (BST).
How to Apply
Details of how to apply will be made available on Monday 16 September on the Jisc TechDis website
For more details on the challenge when available please see the Technology Strategy Board website:
Open Date: 16th September 2013
Information Day: 25th September 2013
Close Date: 4th November 2013 at 16:00 (GMT)