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MCIT and UNDP Launch the ‘Internet of Things’ to Support Persons with Disabilities

September 7, 2017

  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and Telecom Egypt are launching an innovation Competition titled “The Internet of Things” to support persons with disabilities. This competition is part of the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP), an annual programme that aims to support young men and women from across the region in exploring innovative approaches to addressing sustainable development challenges, with a specific focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The competition aims to target young aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators, between the ages of 19 and 29 years old, who have a solution’s matured prototype using the Internet of Things (IoT) to support persons with disabilities. “The use of IoT as a tool to improve human lives is currently a novel field of innovation with endless opportunities. Furthermore, persons with disabilities face many challenges in Egypt, and more innovative solutions are needed to improve their quality life,” says advisor to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abeer Shakweer. Proposed solutions need to address accessibility to public spaces & transportation, education, employment, and health or early intervention. Richard Dictus, UN resident…

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