20 October 2015
Three Winners in ‘Designing ICT Applications for Youth Inclusive Employment’ Workshop

Egypt ICT Trust Fund, represented by the Central Administration of Community Development, celebrated the conclusion of “Designing ICT Applications for Youth Inclusive Employment” Workshop at Bibliotheca Alexandria on October 15.

The workshop, implemented under the theme “Internet For Everything”, is one of the significant activities of the “Jobs and Skills for persons with disabilities with a focus on ICT solutions” project, which was launched in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), ICT Trust Fund and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in September 2014.

The project targets youth with visual and physical impairments aged 18 to 35 years to promote the integration of persons with disabilities(PWDs) in the labor market, especially in the tourism and ICT sectors.

The workshop’s first day included a panel discussion on "Design Thinking" and its stages to find best innovative solutions using ICT tools. Participants were divided into working groups to analyze and characterize problems faced by PWDs to find the best of the different technological solutions.

On the second day, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) participated with a presentation on “HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs – HP LIFE” program that enhances entrepreneurship skills and support potential entrepreneurs, turning their ideas into commercial projects and taking advantage of including technology in those projects to get the best results.

The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), also took part in providing a panel discussion on technology innovation and its significance in business management in all sectors. TIEC announced its numerous training programs such as the grants provided to owners of winning ideas in this workshop.

On the last day, the number of 17 groups completed their work to pitch their ideas into a suitable presentation and presented them before a jury comprising representatives of partners. At the end of the day, awards for the best three ideas were granted.

The first place winner was "To Be or Not to Be" team that presented a technical application to help the blind move easily without the help of any companion as subjects are coded and identified to guide the blind to move using ultrasound systems.

The second winner was "Kawatea" team, presenting a technology application on mobile phones for communication, using a smart camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to clarify vision for the visually impaired. The third place winner was “Near Light” team that presented a technology application that helps the blind to identify directions inside and outside buildings using geographical map system, volatile sensors and Bluetooth.

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