While recent years have shown an unprecedented rate of technological development, breakthrough technologies were very slow to reach and affect the lives of disabled individuals who need it most. One such area of great unmet need is assistive technology for communication. For people living with ALS who struggle with, or are completely unable to communicate in any other way, technology can be transformative. To address this need, The ALS Association and Prize4Life joined forces to hold the ALS Assistive Technology Challenge. The challenge invited researchers, technology experts and entrepreneurs to submit ideas for novel communication solutions for people living with ALS and compete for a $400,000 prize awarded to the best project. The challenge aimed to find new communication solutions that were innovative, efficient above and beyond currently available solutions, easy to use, cost effective and adaptable for patients in different disease stages. The top projects were selected by a review panel of experts from industry, business, clinical practice and people living with ALS, and participants were asked to prepare prototypes of their product. The prototypes for these novel ALS communication solutions will be presented and a winner selected at the challenge’s final assessment event that will be held on December 5, 2016 at the Dublin Conference Centre.
We invite all members of the ALS community, including patients, caregivers, family members, researchers and clinical professionals to attend the event’s open forum, to personally experiment with the presented prototypes and give feedback that will help select the winning project and influence the face of ALS assistive communication field in the years to come.
The ALS Assistive Technology Open Forum will be held on December 5, 2016 between 12:00-3:00PM, at the Dublin Convention Centre (Liffey Meeting Room 2) located at Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, D01 T1W6.Share this: