Over 7 percent of the population in Viet Nam live with some form of disability - that is more than 6 million people. In addition, the country has a growing ageing population. One of the most pressing challenges for people with disabilities and older persons is accessibility. Accessibility is not only a right of persons with disabilities, but also a means of ensuring that they are able to exercise all their rights and are empowered to participate fully in society.
The Industrial Revolution 4.0 presents some major challenges for Viet Nam, but it also presents opportunities to use technological advances to reduce inequalities and ensure that no one is left behind in the transition to the IR4.0. UNDP and the National Start-up Support Center (NSSC) have therefore partnered together to launch the SDG Challenge 2019 to find and incubate impact start-ups which provide innovative solutions to support accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, and further advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This competition to promote inclusive innovation is part of the TechFest 2019 process and built on the previous initiatives that support a number of start-ups with and for people with disability, including Imagtor and SC Deaf - winners of the SDG Challenge 2017, and Vulcan Augmetics - top 10 of the 2018 TECHFEST competition.