The Global Tech Awards recognizes excellence in various fields of technology, including Assistive technology. The following are the criteria for Assistive technology Awards Category:
Functionality and Accessibility: Assessment of the technology's functionality and accessibility features for individuals with disabilities. Consideration is given to factors such as ease of use, intuitive user interface, compatibility with assistive devices, customizable settings, and support for multiple disabilities.
Impact and Benefit: Evaluation of the technology's impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities and its overall benefit to their well-being and independence. Consideration is given to factors such as improved communication, increased mobility, enhanced learning opportunities, greater social inclusion, and empowerment of individuals with disabilities.
Innovation and Advancement: Assessment of the technology's innovative features and advancements in the field of assistive technology. Consideration is given to factors such as novel approaches, cutting-edge technologies, integration with artificial intelligence or machine learning, and breakthrough solutions that address specific needs of individuals with disabilities.
Customization and Personalization: Evaluation of the technology's ability to be customized and personalized to meet the unique needs and preferences of individuals with disabilities. Consideration is given to factors such as adjustable settings, adaptable interfaces, personalized profiles, and support for different levels of ability and disability.
Usability and User Experience: Assessment of the technology's usability and user experience, ensuring that it is intuitive, user-friendly, and effective for individuals with disabilities. Consideration is given to factors such as clear instructions, visual and auditory feedback, responsive design, and overall user satisfaction.
Interoperability and Compatibility: Evaluation of the technology's interoperability and compatibility with other assistive devices, mainstream technologies, and existing infrastructure. Consideration is given to factors such as compatibility with different operating systems, integration with common communication protocols, and seamless interaction with other assistive technologies.
Cost-effectiveness and Affordability: Assessment of the technology's cost-effectiveness and affordability, ensuring that it is accessible to individuals with disabilities across different socio-economic backgrounds. Consideration is given to factors such as pricing models, availability of subsidies or funding options, and overall value for money.
Impact on Society: Evaluation of the technology's impact on society at large, including its potential to break down barriers, promote inclusivity, and create positive social change. Consideration is given to factors such as advocacy efforts, collaboration with disability organizations, awareness campaigns, and initiatives to promote equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Research and Development: Assessment of the technology's research and development efforts and contributions to the field of assistive technology. Consideration is given to factors such as innovation, scientific advancements, partnerships with research institutions, and commitment to ongoing improvement and refinement.
User Testimonials and Feedback: Evaluation of user testimonials and feedback regarding the technology's effectiveness, usability, and impact on their lives. Consideration is given to factors such as real-life success stories, user reviews, and endorsements from individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and relevant stakeholders.
The judges will also consider other factors such as the nominee's overall impact on the Assistive technology, the level of creativity and originality of the solution, and the nominee's ability to overcome technical and market challenges. All decisions of the judges are final.