Mada Launches Innovation Program to Develop an ICT Assistive Technology Market in Qatar

The program aims to encourage the establishment of a private sector assistive technologies market and increase awareness among innovators

DOHA, QATAR, 30 JANUARY 2017: Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada), in line with its mission to support community initiatives and help create an accessible, inclusive society, officially launched its innovation program on January 29, 2017. The Mada Innovation Program is designed to facilitate private sector innovation, entrepreneurship and promotion of international best practices within the field of assistive technology (AT) and accessibility in Qatar through a combination of grant programs.

The program will provide a mechanism and bring relevant innovative assistive technology products and services to the local market, while simultaneously supporting potential local and international innovators interested in developing assistive technology solutions for the Arab market. To achieve this, Mada has introduced a combination of grant programs to inspire there innovators including the Mada Award, the Entrepreneur Grant and the Mada Direct Grant.

“We are committed to assisting PWD and utilizing the power of ICT to enable them to live their best, independent life. As such, we have launched this opportunity, not only to support Qatar’s PWD community, but also the innovator and entrepreneur community,” said Maha al Mansouri, CEO, Mada. “We encourage anyone with ideas, big or small, to approach us, and work with us. Our aim is to create an environment of innovation and to work with incubation centers to bring these ideas and innovations to life.”

Applicants can apply directly to Mada for the Mada innovation program by submitting an application and supporting documents that they can acquire from Mada to innovation@mada.org. Please feel free to email Mada should you have any additional questions.

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