Webinar on Assistive Technology Business Innovations

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Assistive Technology Business Innovations

A precursor to the AT Expo 2022

From 28th to 29th September 2021, SAFOD  and Loughborough University  organized a webinar to explore and share innovative business solutions that, if well supported, could help to increase access to assistive technology in Southern Africa. The webinar came after two years since SAFOD held another webinar on assistive technology in Cape Town in partnership with the University of Washington and AfriNEAD. This webinar was the first of several others being held between September 2021 and September 2022 to build momentum towards the Southern Africa Assistive Technology Expo (SAATE).

 

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Participants learned about a young Motswana woman, Lucia, who shared her experience in managing the Signcoach app, a mobile application that teaches the Botswana sign language.

Tendekayi shared his inspirations for developing the world’s first rechargeable hearing aid battery.

A researcher, Tone, spoke about an innovative tool for screening hearing impairments using commercially available tablets, headphones, and dedicated software for gaming.

Kim will share lessons from the GSMA’s digital AT innovations.

For more examples, you can download the full event schedule or download speeches and presentations here. 

DOWNLOAD THE WEBINAR SCHEDULE HERE   

What the Participants Learned

Background to the Webinar

At-Info-Map Google Project

From March 2016 until February 2019, SAFOD, in partnership with AfriNEAD and the University of Washington, were implementing an innovative project known as the AT-Info-Map with initial funding from Google.org. It primarily started by developing a mobile app for Android and iOS to map the availability of assistive technology in Southern Africa. It then incorporated an AT web database. The project has now multiplied, with more partners joining. The project now includes the regional AT Exhibition to be held in September 2022, and a series of national AT awareness seminars, among other AT initiatives.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AT-INFO-MA PROJECT 

Confirmed List of Speakers

The event drew speakers from academia, research institutions, disability organisations, and small and medium-sized assistive technology entrepreneurs. Below the list of all the speakers who spoke during the event.

Hon. Alexia Manombe-Ncube (Keynote Speaker)

Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs in the Presidency – Namibia.

Wabotlhe Chimidza 

Chairperson at SAFOD & at Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD), Botswana.

Mussa Chiwaula

Director General at Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), Botswana.

Prof. Gubela Mji
Deborah Tigere

Country Director at CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V. – Zimbabwe Office.  

Gerhard Erasmus

Assistive Technology Specialist at Edit Microsystems (Pty) Ltd., South Africa 

Rebecca Matter

Social science researcher, program evaluator, and project manager in global health and human rights fields, USA. 

Kim Viljoen

Senior Advocacy and Market Engagement Manager, Assistive Tech, Mobile for Development at GSMA

George Torrens

Senior Lecturer at Loughborough Design School, London.

Tendekayi Katsiga

Founder at Deaftronics Social Enterprise, Botswana.

Tone Øderud

Senior Researcher at SINTEF, Norway. 

George Kayange

Director of programmes at Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), Botswana.

Simon Downs

Lecturer in Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University, London.

Catherine Holloway

Academic Director, GDI Hub & Professor of Interaction Design & Innovation, UCLIC, London. 

 

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