Smart Mobility Challenge: Barrier-free Accessible Mobility
The elderly population needs to benefit from the current revolution in smart mobility. Population aging is an increasing phenomenon due to declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that 1 in 6 people in the world will be aged 60 years or over by 2030. A large percentage of this population also suffers from disabilities. People with disabilities represent the world’s largest minority and the only minority group that any of us can become a member of at any time. WHO estimates that 1.1 billion people (14.1% of the world’s population) suffer from some form of disability. Moreover, Globally, approximately one in three of all adults suffer from multiple chronic conditions.
Mobility gives access to key aspects of life such as work, healthcare, education, shopping and entertainment. People with disabilities and elderly persons face several mobility barriers in their daily life. Inclusive mobility aims at facilitating mobility of frail seniors and people with disabilities such as people with mobility impairment, visually impaired individuals, hearing-impaired individuals, cognitively impaired and people with intellectual disability and for people with chronic diseases.
Several accessible mobility solutions are developed to facilitate the mobility of physically challenged individuals and seniors. These solutions include, but are not limited to, ergonomics and mobility aids, motability Scheme, exoskeletons, soft exosuits, autonomous wheelchairs, voice-enabled navigation apps, vision and speech aids, tracking devices, healthcare transportation and accessibility maps, to name just a few.
The technical components of inclusive mobility systems should be explicitly conceived and designed following a user-driven approach instead of traditionally used technology-push and problem-focused approaches. Without a user-driven approach, there is a danger that ill-conceived mobility technologies will, at best, be irrelevant or inappropriate and, at worst, will reinforce some of the negative ageist assumptions that frame much of society’s response to aging and/or disability.
This accessible mobility challenge focuses on how we might use user-centric technologies to achieve accessible mobility for people with disabilities and seniors. The user-centric solutions should focus on showing how these aids and assistive technologies can make the mobility of physically challenged individuals and seniors more accessible, inclusive, equitable, and efficient.
In order to cover a wide spectrum of barriers, this pitch-off challenge has the following four tracks with a common design thinking question: “How might we use user-centric technologies to achieve barrier-free mobility?”.
The submissions will be evaluated equally by expert judges based on four criteria: Originality, User-Centricity, Execution, and Usefulness.
Each criterion will be evaluated based on a rating scale of 0-10, with 0 being the lowest possible score and 10 being the highest. For example, in the Originality criterion, a score of 0 means the solution is entirely unoriginal and is in use today; while a score of 10 means the solution is entirely novel and has not been used.
The highest scoring solutions will make it to the final round on March 20, 2023, where the participants will have the opportunity to present live in front of the judges for 20 minutes. In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, the finalists will be also judged on Presentation during the live event. The total score will be calculated using the following weighted average formula:
Total_Score=0.2*orginality_Score + 0.25*User_centricity_Score + 0.15*Execution_Score +0.15*Usability_Score + 0.25*Presentation_Score
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