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Project information

Index: 0771R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location ESPAÑA NOROESTE Gijón Principado de Asturias Start/End date of the practice
Start: May 2005
End: On-going

Topic of the practice

Industrial Design Competition at the Polytechnic School of Engineering to create innovations that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Good Practice Information

The aim of this competition of ideas is to address the design of any type of inventiveness, original and unpublished, to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities trying to find the best technical solutions to solve problems of mobility, accessibility, communication and leisure.
"Participants: Students at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, students at the School of Art and students of the Master in Industrial Design Management.
Organizers: University of Oviedo, I3G (Investigation group on Graphic Engineering), Triciclo (SME)
Sponsors: Public Authorities, local administrations, private companies, technological centers and the University of Oviedo.

Evidence of success

"Since 2005 eight editions have been celebrated.
The total number of “inventions” submitted has been 318.
One “invention” has been brought to market by its authors.
Ten “inventions” are on evaluation by regional enterprises to develop the idea.
About 50% of the inventions are suitable for elder people (Data provided by the National Foundation for Blind People, ONCE). No inventions took place after 2012.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Javier Suárez Quirós / Ramón Gallego Santos

University of Oviedo /

Annex completed on: 04-12-2013

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