Toyota-Nesta announce four million dollar challenge for the disabled
The Toyota Mobility Foundation and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has announced a US$4 million global challenge to change the lives of people who are paralyzed in the lower limbs. The winners will be announced in Tokyo in 2020.
The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is asking teams around the world to create unique technology that will help to improve the mobility and independence of people with paralysis in a major way.
The ambassador of the challenge is Preethi Srinivasan, Indian athlete and campaigner, who is also the founder of the NGO Soulfree. She believes that the Mobility Unlimited Challenge could change the lives of millions of people around the world who are struggling with mobility challenges.
Soulfree is working to spread awareness about spinal cord injury and to help reintegrate persons with this condition into mainstream society.
The Mobility Unlimited Challenge seeks to make the best of creative thinking from across the world to speed up innovation and find devices that can change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis.
Millions of people have lower-limb paralysis around the world. The most common causes are strokes, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.
The Mobility Unlimited Challenge Prize is supported by a number of ambassadors who have experience of living with lower-limb paralysis.