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Entry Criteria

Entry Criteria

Who is allowed to participate in this contest?

  • Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards is open to Android 2.2+ application developers. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Participants legally resident within Italy are not eligible to enter this Competition. Employees of Vodafone, Vodafone Group Services Limited, Guardian Media Group plc, the European Disability Forum, AGE Platform Europe, Skywrite Communications Limited, Vodafone Group Plc or any of its subsidiary or affiliated companies and anyone otherwise connected with operation or fulfilment of the Competition are not eligible to take part.
  • Applications entered must be fully functional and the related working Android 2.2+ APK application file submitted as part of the competition entry process.

Selection Criteria

All submitted applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

a) Effectiveness: The application submitted should provide real and substantial benefit to the targeted users in overcoming the obstacles related to their disability and improving their everyday life, targeting an equivalent use as for non-disabled people.

b) Availability and affordability: Participants are encouraged to maximize the number of potential users that might benefit from the application and to write applications that can be distributed across as many mainstream platforms as possible. All applications must operate on the Android platform version 2.2 (or above) and must meet the terms and conditions of Vodafone Widgets Developer Agreement (https://widget.vodafone.com/dev/signup). Developers are encouraged to make the application relevant to users in as many countries as possible. Availability of the applications in more languages will also be positively evaluated. To maximise the number of potential users that might benefit from the application, the expected charges, if any, to be sought from the user will also be taken into account in the evaluation of the application. Such application should not cost more than the equivalent (if any) application intended for non-disabled users.

c) User-friendliness, usability and accessibility: The application’s user-friendliness and usability will be an important factor in the evaluation of the applications. Consideration will also be given to the ease by which the application can be installed and downloaded. Applications should also meet accessibility requirements.

d) Design for All: By “Design for All” meaning universal design: “the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design” (Article 2 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). Many users experience multiple disabilities. With ageing, older people in particular tend to develop concurring hearing, visual, cognitive and mobility impairments. Applications that accommodate all these needs in a concept of “Design for All” will be positively evaluated. Persons with disabilities form a heterogeneous group with many different accessibility criteria. Development of assistive technologies and interoperability between different technologies are the key elements in the evaluation. In particular, developed applications should be compatible with information and communications technology assistive devices (such as text-to-speech devices for blind users) in order to accommodate the specific needs of older people and persons with disabilities.

Selection Process

Selection of the four winners of the Competition shall take place in a two stage process.

i. Stage One – Selection Round: All qualifying entries will be evaluated from 18th October de 9th November by a jury, consisting of representatives from Vodafone Foundation, European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe (the "Preliminary Jury"). The Preliminary Jury will select 12 entries (the "Finalists") at its sole discretion, Finalists shall be notified by email by 15 November 2012.

ii. Stage Two – Final Round in Brussels  Finalists shall be requested to present their application in English through delivering material (presentation, video, screenshots) before the jury in Brussels on 17 December 2012 (the “Final”), consisting of representatives from Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone Group Services Limited, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe (the “Final Jury”). Finalists shall receive a reimbursement for their reasonable travelling costs in travelling to the Final. Finalists must be present at the Final to be eligible to be a winner, and Finalists who fail to deliver material and further information about their application at the Final forfeit their place and the Final Jury shall be entitled but not obliged to offer the forfeited place to any other Finalist. The winners will be selected at the Final and the Final Jury’s decision is final.  In the event of a tie, the Vodafone Foundation’s representative will abstain from voting.  The panel of judges, whose decision shall be final, will choose the most apt entry from all complete, eligible, properly submitted entries received by 15 October 2012.

The Prizes

The prizes to be won are four (4) prizes of fifty thousand Euros (€50,000), each prize shall be awarded to the winning application in the following four different categories:

1. Social participation: refers to applications which help users to participate actively in today's society and benefit from the facilities that the new technologies can offer, whatever their age, disability and/or capacity (E.g. use the web and social media through mobile devices, contact people using mobile devices to the same extent as everyone, etc).

2. Independent living: refers to applications which help users to be more autonomous and perform daily tasks independently (E.g. using domestic appliances such as washing machine or refrigerator, opening doors safely, etc).

3. Mobility: refers to applications which enable users to move around more freely and safely using the whole range of transport modes. It can also refer to the use of mobile devices to be guided in unknown environment (e.g. using GPS option, etc).

4. Wellbeing: refers to applications which improve the users' health as well as overall feeling of wellbeing.


At Vodafone we recognise that confidentiality plays a huge part in any organisation. This is why Vodafone will ensure your entry is kept confidential and will not seek to own any IP (intellectual property) from your entry.

  • All entries are confidential and will not be distributed outside of this competition.
  • Vodafone does not seek to own any  intellectual property in relation to entries for the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards.
  • Any applications submitted as part of the competition can be used by Vodafone for distribution, advertising and promotion in relation to the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards.
  • A working Android 2.2+ APK application file must be submitted.
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions before you register.
  • Note, participants legally resident within Italy are not eligible to enter this Competition.

If you still have some concerns about Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, please contact: smartaccess@vodafone.com