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Applications will be accepted from individuals, groups, or someone advocating on behalf of either.
- Signed Application form.
- If application is submitted by a third party, the form must be signed by both the applicant and the individual/representative of the nominated group.
- If application is being submitted for a group, only one member of the group needs to sign the form, and will be the primary contact during the adjudication process.
- You can submit both the signed and unsigned copies, if you are scanning in the document, for accessibility.
- Outline in 600 words or less that shows the following:
- What the project/innovation is;
- How the project exhibits innovation. Keep in mind that innovation is defined, generally, as a remarkable improvement of discovery, in this case, one that has direct impact on tactile literacy for blind people and meets other prize criteria.
- Supporting materials in 10 pages or less that includes the following:
- A descriptive summary for both the potential and fully realized projects
- Potential for an emerging project, including target markets, production costs, and how it will be brought to market
- Measurements of success and impact on the industry for a completed/developed product.
- Express any challenges or limitations that you have experienced with production or distribution, or that you anticipate.
- Include any other information that you think will be helpful.
- 2 letters of recommendation from individuals that are in a position to comment on the innovation. These should come directly to NBP from the recommender and can be emailed to GeniusPrize@nbp.org.
- A working prototype. Please be sure to include simple instructions for testing.
- Deadline: January 11, 2019
- All application materials, apart from the prototype, must be submitted electronically in an accessible format - no scanned or hard copy documents will be accepted.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered by the adjudication committee. Inaccessible applications will be considered incomplete submissions.
- Make sure that all documents are clearly labeled (ex: application, summary, outcomes/realizations, supplementary information, etc.)
- If you provide any images/video please make sure that everything is described with captions, alternative text, audio descriptions, or other.
- All applications must be in English.
- Project must demonstrate some aspect of tactile or braille literacy or access to information for the blind community. Braille is a type of tactile literacy, but innovations are not limited to braille.
- Submissions can be either standalone projects or part of a larger curriculum/program.
- All applications will be reviewed by the adjudication committee, made up of experts from various and relevant fields. All decisions are final and will be at the discretion of the committee. The committee reserves the right to split the $20,000 prize.
Deadline: January 11, 2019
Touch of Genius Prize
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115