One month left to submit an entry and win the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards
There is just a month left for mobile app developers to enter the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards and be in with a chance to win a share of a Euro 200,000 prize fund for the best smartphone app to help older people and people with disabilities.
The competition, now in its second year, will close to new entries on Monday 15 October 2012 and culminate in an award ceremony in early December at which four winners will each be presented with a cheque for Euro 50,000.
The four award categories include: social participation; independent living; mobility and wellbeing.
Last year, the winning apps included: a screen of icons that represent key phrases and can be read out using text-to-speech technology. It also allows users to send an emergency text message with their location to a predefined contact text-to-speech service; an online map of wheelchair accessibility in public places as well as the ability to post a review; a video magnifier for people who have dyslexia, colour blindness or other visual impairments; and an alternative big button, colour-based home screen optimised for elderly users and those with impaired sight.
The Smart Accessibility Awards are part of the Vodafone Foundation's 'Mobile for Good' programme that supports initiatives around the world which use mobile technology to drive positive social change. The awards are helping to extend the smartphone revolution to as many communities as possible.