It was the first-ever innovation competition to facilitate PwDs (people with disabilities) in Vietnam and Indochina. The competition provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and PwDs to explore innovation solutions together and, at the same time, to raise awareness of the challenges and barriers faced by PwD.

Accordingly, the competition consisted of three rounds to select the most potential products. The final round of the competition took place in September. The winning team received a trip to the Republic of Korea to study the country’s start-up system and social effect system.

“We are pleased at cooperating with the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology to launch the competition as part of the IMPACT TECHFEST’s activities to find out innovative solutions for improving accessibility for people with disabilities. The competition will create opportunities for entrepreneurs and those with disabilities to explore innovation solutions, towards a more inclusive and sustainable development,” a representative of UNDP Vietnam said.

According to a study of the General Statistics Office (GSO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at present more than six million people in Vietnam are considered those with disabilities.

The biennial competition was first held in 2017 with the participation of 12 teams.

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