From the hundreds of ideas submitted online, the three shortlisted for development by the World Cerebral Palsy Day Panel are:
• Solar powered wheelchair
• Collapsible motorized wheelchair
• Documentary – Cerebral Palsy in the 21st Century
“Of the many worthy ideas submitted online, we thought these three had the greatest potential to change the lives of the 17 million people around the globe living with cerebral palsy,” said Marcus Blease from Australia’s Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and who is also on the World CP Day Panel. “In addition, these three ideas have potential to be commercially viable and one day be available on the open market place for people with cerebral palsy. People with cerebral palsy have played their part in coming up with potential ideas, now it’s up to the world’s best minds to turn these shortlisted ideas into reality,” he said.
People with the expertise and resources to create any of the three shortlisted ideas are asked to register online at http://www.worldcpday.org. A working prototype must be ready to be judged by the World CP Day Panel in April 2013. A prize pool of $25,000 will be shared among the winning submissions (maximum of one prize per category).
“This is a unique opportunity for creative minds from across the globe to come together and be a part of something truly life changing,” Mr. Blease said. “Whether you are an engineer, a designer, a film maker, a business entrepreneur, or a university student or group, we want to hear from you if you think you have the skills to turn one of the shortlisted ideas into reality. This opportunity is equivalent to chart-topping artists finding stardom through a talent TV show, with the big exception that success on this stage will change the lives of 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.”
For more information about the shortlisted ideas, or to register to create a working prototype, go to http://www.worldcpday.org/
About the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta:
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) is a registered non-profit organization and makes a difference in the community by enriching the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Through our programs and services, we promote awareness, acceptance and understanding for persons with disabilities to live Life Without Limits. For more information about the organization and to learn about ways you can support Life Without Limits, please visit http://www.cpalberta.com.
Executive Director, Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Phone: (403) 543-1162, toll free 1-800-363-2807
Fax: (403) 543-1168