Going along with the strong development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsfot APAC had officially kickstarted the “AI for Accessibility Virtual Hackathon” competition in 11 different nations in order to seek and develop the best AI solutions and offer effective assistance to people with hearing disabilities.

According to Forbes, there are currently over 1 billion disabled people across the globe, and AI can be used to improve their working ability. It can also create jobs, improve lives, and assists disabled people in communication.

AI application can bring a whole new world of books to deaf children and their families via sign language interpretation of books, from which creating realistic reading experiences and interesting story times. Applications and tools brought forth by Artificial Intelligence is giving people with hearing disabilities better access to the world.

AI for Accessibility Virtual Hackathon is a competition for seeking ideas and building prototypes that can support disabled people in earning their income and improving their daily tasks. Participating teams from 2 to 5 people will be assisted by leading AI experts from Microsoft, and at the same time receive the opportunity to attend online courses specifically designed for this competition.

 “AI for Accessibility Virtual Hackathon” is a playground for teams from 11 different nations, including: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The teams will represent their countries in aiming to win the “Microsoft AI for Good” prize from Microsoft Global, amounted up to 20.000 USD Azure Credits. Champions will also receive direct offers to the Microsoft Starts-up Competition, with prizes of up to 20 million USD.

This year, Vietnam will focus on three major topics that regard raising community awareness about their ability to contribute ideas and innovations that may be beneficial to disabled people. In particular, blind people in Vietnam can work at traditional massage centers patronized by Vietnam Federation of the Blind. However, the question is how to use AI to manage and improve their working efficiency, bringing them bookings closest to their locations? Regarding communication and question: how can AI help blind people in accessing public transports – like knowing when their bus arrives? Regarding daily life: how can AI notify and help blind people avoid obstacles on their paths, especially those that cannot be detected with their walking sticks?

For more details about the competition, please view here.

Potential participants should not the following timeline:

  • Registration deadline is on October 30, 2020
  • Idea submission can be done from November 1 to November 6, 2020
  • Presentation round is on November 18,2020
  • Result announcement is on November 20, 2020
  • Registration can be done here!

Minh Minh

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