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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01526-N
Date : 03/02/2016
Country/Region : INDIA
Title : India Makeathon : new low cost prototypes for people with disabilities
Duration : 00:07:02
Director : BHATIA, Ashish
Cameraman : unknown
Editor : BHATIA, Ashish
Person appearing :
SARWAL, Tarun (innovation adviser, ICRC)
MICHEL, Boris (director of operations Asia and Pacific, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
BHATIA, Ashish
Production reference : AV424N
Description : Of the world’s seven billion people, one billion are living with disabilities. In rural areas, and in developing countries, the challenges to living a normal life can seem insurmountable.
The simplest things: getting to the shops, going to school, finding a job and going to work, can be out of reach.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been considering ways to help people, especially in rural areas, with disabilities.
And so the ICRC came up with an innovative plan to harness skills and talents worldwide in a Makeathon, in which budding inventors and entrepreneurs were given a simple, but important, task, to come up with practical, affordable devices to support people with disabilities to live a normal productive life.
Over several months, innovators brainstormed. Their ideas ranged from wheelchairs adapted to work on bumpy rural tracks, to prosthetic feet designed for rough terrain, to specially designed cutlery, pens, and pencils.
Finally, the inventors gathered at a Makeathon demo day organized by the ICRC. All the new inventions were on display, to be examined and tested. At the end of the day, three devices would be chosen as winners, and their inventors given seed money to put their prototypes into production.
With so many promising devices on offer, finding a winner was difficult, but Mobility India’s children’s wheelchair, designed to help children with cerebral palsy or spinal cord injuries sit, stand, and simply get about more easily certainly caught the judge’s eye.
So where do the products go from here? Well, hopefully into production and then distribution to millions of disabled people who can benefit from them.
Millions of people should benefit from the new devices. Some of the world’s finest innovators got involved, they came up with some complex and innovative designs. But all for one very straightforward goal: to help people with disabilities live normal lives, and do the normal things are often taken for granted: go to school, go to work, or simply just play.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : India Makeathon : new low cost prototypes for people with disabilities
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
Best material/format available : ProRes 422