Innovation for Independence

Congratulations to the 25 semi-finalists!

Publish date:
09/03/2015 - 2:54pm
Last updated:
09/03/2015 - 2:54pm

We’re very excited to announce the 25 semi-finalists of our Inclusive Technology Prize, which opened for entries in October 2014. The Prize asked people to come forward with innovative ideas of products, technologies and systems to give disabled people, their families, friends and carers, equal access to life’s opportunities.

We received over 200 applications from individuals and organisations across the UK. The judges and assessors involved agreed the overall standard of submissions was high.

25 entrants were selected for the Prize’s shortlist and now have the chance of winning £50,000 prize contract. The judges felt that the below shortlist of ideas could have a transformative effect on everyday life of disabled people and their families. Nesta is pleased to have an opportunity to support the potential in these ideas.

The 25 semi-finalists are:

  1. We Can Cook- Hoi Fei Kwok
  2. WiAS (Website integrated Assistive Solutions)- Marcus Inniss
  3. Gravity Sketch: Inclusive 3D creation- Gravity Sketch
  4. Affordable 3D Printed Robotic Prosthetic Hands- Open Bionics
  5. How do I? Use of Near Field Communication to Teach Independent Living Skills- Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre
  6. Long Cane Lighting System- Blindability
  7. A device to help those without fine motor control/strength hold small objects and hold many objects- The Active Hands Company
  8. Wayfindr- RLSB / ustwo / wayfindr
  9. Nimble-  Version 22 Design LTD
  10. Global Hotel Access Rating System and Online accessible hotel room booking- Global Access Award Scheme Ltd. T/A Access All Rooms
  11. Path - Walk with Confidence- Lise Sperling Pape
  12. Evolvable Walking Aid; the modular range can be assembled to form different walking aids- Cara O'Sullivan
  13. Una Tickets; Improving access to online ticketing for differently abled users- Apollo Pass T/A Una
  14. Equal Opportunities in Education for Children with ADHD- Clockwork Chilli  
  15. Intelligent home energy local area network system- eLansys Limited
  16. PlanHub- Votre Chemin Ltd
  17. Changing Stories- Digital Creativity in Disability
  18. Switched On'- Cornwall People First Switched On A collaboration organised by Cornwall People First, with AIR Studios (at Falmouth University), Partners in Policy Making in Cornwall and Loop Product Design   
  19. AzuleJoe: the first open source communication aid- eQuality Time Ltd
  20. UltraBike- UltraCane
  21. The Louis Project- Christopher Hughes
  22. Picture-It: a digital tool to support living with autism- The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art
  23. Supportspace- Futurecoders
  24. Induction Loop App and Telecoil- Action on Hearing Loss (RNID)
  25. HandyClix- A one handed lap belt- National Star


The second stage of the prize supports the semi-finalists in developing detailed plans which will be assessed by the judges in June 2015. Up to 10 finalists will be selected and awarded £10,000 to develop prototypes of their ideas.

We would like to congratulate the semi-finalists and wish every success for those who were unsuccessful on this occasion.