ARTILAB in Collaboration with Bengaluru By Design presents, DESIGN, INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY towards Inclusion & Accessibility.
Inclusion and accessibility spans over four out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Reports indicate that "People with Disabilities" cover 15% of the world's population which includes various forms of disabilities from Locomotor, Speech and Hearing, Visual, Learning Disabilities, etc., even disabilities due to old age. Designing and developing effective and economic assistive healthcare technologies and devices has become more than the proverbial "need-of-the-hour".
Inclusion of "People with Disabilities" into the various facets of a nation building exercise including education, skilling, livelihood, entrepreneurship, wellbeing and more becomes the default. Especially India being the hotbed for several frugal innovation solutions and products, accelerated testing, and scale. Such enterprises representing India can become the leader to set an example for the rest of the developing countries (ASEAN, LATAM and AFRICA) to adopt and follow.
ARTILAB curates this session to showcase, discuss and represent the sector to create awareness, develop an ecosystem, build a pool of social entrepreneurs, initiate a network of collaborators to accelerate and make our effort into a global movement.
ARTILAB Foundation is a technology business incubator (TBI), supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Gov of India. Set up in Bangalore, June 2018, ARTILAB Foundation is a not-for-profit (Section-8) company. ARTILAB envisions to incubate economically sustainable social ventures that wish to build affordable technology healthcare solutions for the disabled section of society in India and third world countries. It is vital these ventures can stand on their feet, to be able to continue with research and innovation and at the same time reach out the needy with their solution offerings.
What's on offer from ARTILAB
ARTILAB offers its incubatees, technological/technical support towards prototyping and product development, as well as business support ranging from go-to-market strategies to organization structuring to financial planning.
The disability sector is not a homogenous segment and remains very scattered across the length and breadth of nations. They are predominant and mostly unattended to in economically lower sections of society. These sections do not have a financial cushion in terms of insurance support and remain neglected and are expected to rely upon a good samaritans to help them live with dignity. Thus making it hard to break away from this life of being “reliant upon” unless there are viable and affordable products that help this cause. These products are born of social ventures that possess great ideas and can in turn have these ideas evolve into the needed products.
It is yet another effort to have support readied for these ventures – an ecosystem for funding, technology support, as well as distribution and services support like any other industry – long term presence and sustenance.
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