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Localization & Direct Grant Awards

valued at 1 million Qatari Riyals!

The Mada Innovation Award is a first of its kind award that is aimed to reward innovative solution that promotes accessibility and enhances the lives of users with disabilities.

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Direct Grant Awards

Direct Grant Awards

This stream is designed for creating opportunities for new innovative entities who already have a “Proven Concept” for their AT product or service to establish themselves in the market. Applicants selected for this stream will be provided with a grant through MADA Innovation Program to develop the proposed product/service concept to cater towards the local and Arab market.

Localization

Localization

Localizing is conducted mainly to support Arabic inclusive solutions for PwDs and all. This stream is targeted towards international established entities who already have an existing product/service relevant to ICT Accessibility and Assistive Technology that are looking into Arabic localization of their product.

Mada Hackathon

Mada Hackathon

The ‘Mada Hackathon’, is a uniquely designed competition from Challenge to Prototype in 48 Hours that focuses on individuals and teams of designers, teachers, academics, students, software developers and the best-in-class innovators to develop an Accessible Open Educational Resources in Arabic language based on the Mada open-access resources: Tawasol Symbols, Unified Arabic Braille, Buhamad Sign Language Interpreter Avatar.

Vision, Mission & Our Goals

Timeline

  1. Open Call for Submissions

    20/06/2022

    Registration for participation in Mada Innovation Award is to take place online by providing all necessary information using the form.

  2. Submission Deadline

    31/08/2022

    Mada Innovation Award Committee will stop receiving applications by August 31, 2022

  3. Technical Evaluation

    04/09/2022

    Phase 1: Preliminary evaluation of all submissions. Only accepted applicants will be notified about Phase 2.

  4. Pitching Phase

    11/09/2022

    Each Applicant will present their idea to the jury board. The presentation must include:
    A. Short Video Pitch by the team - 120 Seconds
    B. Detailed Presentation Deck of the application

  5. Final Evaluation

    30/09/2022 - 07/10/2022

    The jury evaluate the final shortlisted applications.

  6. Mada Hackathon Day 1

    31/10/2022
  7. Mada Hackathon Day 2

    01/11/2022
  8. Mada Innovation Day – Announcement of Winner

    04/11/2022

Application Criteria

  • The contestant (or the team or organization) fills in all the details on the competition website at this link: https://award.mada.org.qa
  • The contestant (or the team or organization) will add all the details in the application form available on the competition site, taking care to provide all the required information.
  • The contestant (or the team or organization) receives electronic notification of the receipt of his participation.
  • The contestants who pass the preliminary review will only be notified regarding the presentation and pitching phase. He can also see the instructions of the members of the jury to remedy the shortcomings that can be recorded in his nomination file and re-send back the requirement of not exceeding statutory deadlines.

The Jury

Mada assigns the Jury for the Mada Innovation Awards. The committee will include experts in ICT accessibility specialists, University faculties and entrepreneurship specialists.

Apply for Mada Innovation Award

The Mada Innovation Award will be announced through a campaign, followed with open call period and announcement on Mada Innovation day.