Innovation Challenge for University Courses

Are you looking for a topic for your Spring 2012 courses that will engage your students in a socially meaningful project?

Participation in elections is a central function in any democracy, but people with disabilities including visual, physical, cognitive and language disabilities still face barriers to voting, registering to vote, and learning about candidates.

We invite you to incorporate accessible voting system design or accessible election design into your Spring 2012 course curriculum and encourage your students to participate in our Open Innovation Challenge.

Why should you participate?

  • Students participating in the Open Innovation Challenge will have an opportunity to interact and collaborate with a global community of over 20,000 designers, engineers and thinkers committed to working for social good through an inclusive and collaborative online environment.
  • Ideas generated from the Open Innovation Challenge will be used to improve the accessibility of elections and allow more people with disabilities to engage in civic life.
  • Faculty-sponsored research teams will have the opportunity to apply for grant funds in Spring 2012 to further pursue election accessibility research and design.
  • You will have access to resource material and information on the current state of accessibility in voting systems and elections to use in your classes.

Who are the organizers?

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a non-profit think tank in partnership IDEO, the world-renowned global design firm, will host a challenge to make elections more accessible to people with disabilities. This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Yes, I want to participate! What do I do next?

Sign up for updates on this site. We will send out more details as we get closer to the start of the next semester.