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Call for ZERO PROJECT nominations 2020-2021 now open!

The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008 and focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Each year it identifies and shares innovations that improve the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities by carefully selecting Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies. The Zero Project Awards, presented at an annual conference, supports their outstanding work with global recognition.

This year again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organisations to nominate Innovative Practices and Policies concerning this year’s topic: Employment and ICT. 

The Zero Project is looking for Innovative Practices and Policies from across the business, civil, technology, academic and public sectors and have defined these main topics that support persons with disabilities:

  • Inclusive employment strategies of companies and other employers
  • Supported employment
  • Technical/Vocational Education/Training
  • Entrepreneurship and micro-finance
  • Matchmaking services and programmes
  • Higher education models that connect to the labour market
  • Transition programs
  • Transition models from sheltered workshops

In the current circumstances, many service providers have had to adapt their programmes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – the Zero Project are also interested in hearing the impact the crisis has had on your project as part of your nomination.

In addition to the main topic, this year the Zero Project is also looking for innovative ICT solutions that improve the lives of persons with disabilities from all sectors, including federal, local, international, and national public bodies, along with the social, business and private sectors.

The main topics defined here are:

  • Workplace adaptations
  • Assistive technologies                                                                                                             
  • Mobile Services and Smartphone Apps
  • Social Media
  • Internet of Things
  • 3D printing
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning
  • Big Data Solutions
  • Robotics and automated machinery

The “Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2021” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be:

-       Featured in the Zero Project Report 2021 and added to the Zero Project database of Innovative Practices and Policies

-       Invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna (Austria) in February 2021

-       Being applicable to further opportunities, like joining the accelerator program “Zero Project Impact Transfer”, taking part in our exciting “Zero Project Latin America” project with Fundación Descúbreme and getting the chance to apply for the “ICT – Innovation for Inclusion” grant.


For more detailed information, please visit the Zero Project Nomination website
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The deadline for submission is 14th June 2020.