Make future retail accessible

Participating teams will work together with Microsoft consultants to realize their AI, technology based solution, whose goal is to help people with disabilities in the retail industry.

The solution must cover one of these 3 topics: 

  • Employment: Develop a solution that can influence the workplace culture in the retail industry and promote inclusive hiring.

  • Daily Life: Develop a solution through which software and/or devices will be able to help people with disabilities gain more independence and be able to perform basic tasks in a store or while ordering something online.

  • Communication: Develop a solution through which software and/or devices will be able to help people with disabilities gain more independence and be able to perform basic tasks in a store or while ordering something online.

Partners

The event is organised by VIA Association and Microsoft. 

Microsoft’s program AI for Good is providing technology, resources, and expertise to empower those working to solve humanitarian issues and create a more sustainable and accessible world. It includes three topics: AI for Earth, that puts technology and cloud software in the hands of those working to solve global climate issues, AI for Humanitarian Action that partners with nonprofit and humanitarian organizations working to support disaster recovery, address the needs of children, protect displaced people, and promote human rights, AI for Cultural Heritage that empowers people and organizations dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of cultural heritage, and AI for Accessibility that is leveraging the power of AI to amplify human capability for the more than one billion people globally with a disability. 

VIA Association is a Czech technology NGO whose biggest program, TechSoup, provides the connections, expertise, and resources to unlock the power of tech for social good for charities, nonprofits and public libraries. The organisations registered in the program are eligible for donated or discounted software, hardware, and services through TechSoup. TechSoup’s Czech Republic catalog includes more than 190 products from 23 companies like Microsoft, Adobe or Cisco. TechSoup Czech Republic also provides organisations with technical support and know-how and coordinates projects like Meet and Code, which introduces children and young people to coding or AI Hackathons in which they support groups leveraging AI technologies for publicaly beneficial activities.

With support from The Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic. 

The Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic was established in 2006. Since its start, it has distributed more than 195 million CZK and supported over 500 projects, affecting the lives of more than 1.5 million people and ranking as one of the best corporate foundations. In the long term, it has focused on supporting innovations that improve the world around us. Thanks to its incubation and acceleration program, the Laboratory of the Vodafone Foundation helps to develop technological and social start-ups with such innovations.