Zero Project Call for Nominations 2021 on

Employment and ICT

(Information- and Communication Technology)

The Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate Innovative Practices and Policies.

We are looking for practices and public policies from across the business, civil, technology, academic and public sectors that support persons with disabilities.

Submission open until 14th June 2020.

Impressions from the Zero Project Conference 2020 in Vienna

Why you should nominate - watch the video

To watch this video with subtitles in your language go to the bottom right of the YouTube video, click on the cog wheel, then click on  “Subtitles” and “Autotranslate”. A black box will appear and you can choose your preferred language.

Our themes this year: Employment and ICT

In addition to the main topic, this year we are also looking for innovative ICT solutions that improve the lives of persons with disabilities from all sectors, including federal, local, international, and national public bodies, along with the social, business and private sectors.

Focus 1: Employment

  • Inclusive employment strategies of companies and other employers

  • Supported employment

  • Technical/Vocational Education/Training

  • Entrepreneurship and micro-finance

  • Matchmaking services and programs

  • Higher education models that connect to the labour market

  • Transition programs

  • Transition models from sheltered workshops

Focus 2: ICT

  • Workplace adaptations

  • Assistive technologies

  • Mobile Services and Smartphone Apps

  • Social Media

  • Internet of Things

  • 3D printing

  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning

  • Big Data Solutions

  • Robotics and automated machinery

What Zero Project Awardees can expect when getting nominated

The “Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2021” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be:

  • Featured in the Zero Project Report 2021 and added to the Zero Project database of Innovative Practices and Policies
  • Invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference at the United Nations in Vienna (Austria) in February 2021
  • Eligible to apply for further opportunities, like joining the accelerator program “Zero Project Impact Transfer”, taking part in our exciting “Zero Project Latin America” project with Fundación Descúbreme and getting the chance to apply for the “ICT – Innovation for Inclusion” grant

We know that in the current circumstances, many of you will be having to adapt your programs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – we are also interested in hearing the impact the crisis has had on your project as part of your nomination.

Impressions from the Zero Project Conference 2020 in Vienna

Instructions for the nomination - watch the video

The impact of the Zero Project – become a member of our family

Some quotes from a survey explaining the impact of the Zero Project for its network

“The Zero Project and Conferences created opportunities for us to meet and learn from the experiences of so many organizations from around the world.”

“I met great organizations in your conference last year, and I invited several to present at our own November summit. One of them moderated an impressive workshop.”

“We use our participation in the Zero Project Conference in our marketing material and also in our discussions with donors as evidence that we have international recognition.”

“We were able to learn about similar tools developed by other organizations, which helped us to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of our own model.”

“Our participation has resulted in (contacts with) the European Union in Erasmus+ (joining a consortium that received funding from the EU) , lectureships at universities, etc.”

“Our organization was well covered in Internet news, social media sites, and TV.”

“We are able to charge significantly higher rates due to our raised profile.”

“We have been awarded a number of government contracts recently, and surely the connections developed through the Zero Project helped somewhat.”

“Networking! Best Practices all around the world, and the sense of belonging to ’a family’. I believe these connections are the heart of creating sustainable change at a local, state, national, and international or global level.”

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”Zero Project Family” picture taken at the Zero Project Conference 2020 in Vienna

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