World Cerebral Palsy Day
World Cerebral Palsy Day is an unique global innovation campaign to change the world for the 17 million people with cerebral palsy (CP). Each year, people with CP, their family and friends post ideas - and then the call then goes out to inventors to make those ideas a reality!
We are delighted to announce the 2012 winners, who are sharing in a prize pool of $25,000.
Major Prize: The winner of the World CP Day Competition is a team from the University of Virginia School of Engineering (USA) with their prototype design ‘Solar Powered Wheelchair with Retractable Panels’. The team created a working prototype using lightweight and robust materials and highly efficient solar cells. And they did it in record-time!
The clever idea for a solar powered wheelchair came from Alper Sirvan in Turkey. See how he pitched the idea that would change his world in 1 minute!
The U.Va. team have generously pledged to use the prize money to refine the design and ship the prototype to Alper - and then return the remainder to World CP Day to support the camapign in 2013 and beyond.
Honourable Mentions: There were also five Honourable Mention Awards in the Documentary category: Nico Phillips and Peter Fraser (USA and UK), Brian Freel (USA), Mr Jahir Abbas (India), Rhasaan Nichols (USA) and Dr Fatema Jetpurwala (India). Each showcased stories and themes that will touch the hearts of the cerebral palsy community around the world. View them in the 2012 Winners Playlist on the World CP Day YouTube channel.
Thank You: Our thanks to Medtronic, sponsors of World CP Day 2012, for their generous support of innovation to change the world for people with cerebral palsy.
This year, we’re planning to make World CP Day even bigger and better, with more participating countries and more time to post your ideas. So put your thinking caps on ready for the launch on 14 July!
2013 Campaign: How It Works
Stage 1 POST YOUR IDEAS
From Sunday 14 July to Thursday 31 October 2013, people with cerebral palsy, their families and friends can post ideas for an invention that would their world. Ideas are posted as text or video. Each idea must take only 1 minute to read or watch. Everyone is invited to add a comment or vote for the ideas they like the best.
Stage 2 SHORTLISTED IDEAS
Three shortlisted ideas will be announced on Monday 20 January 2014.
Stage 3 INVENT IT
Researchers, inventors, and innovators have until 20 June 2014 to create finished products or protoypes that match the shortlisted ideas. They will compete for a total prize pool of $50,000!
WINNERS AND LAUNCH OF 2014 CAMPAIGN
Winners of the 2013 campaign will be announced on 21 July 2014. The website will open for ideas again from 22 July to 31 October 2014.