- Expert in education for people with visual disabilities and knowledge of writing in Braille.
- Writer with experience in the work of people with visual disabilities.
- Electronic developer.
- Software developer.
- Graphic designer.
- Industrial designer.
- Expert in sewing and fabrics.
- Audiovisual communicator or producer for recording, audiovisual documentation and creation of sounds.
Call for contributors for #LABICMEX
The Civic Innovation project of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Government of Guanajuato through its Innovation Science and Higher Education Secretariat (SICES), together with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), open this call for the registration of contributors who want to help develop the projects selected for the Civic Innovation Laboratory – Mexico (#LABICMEX) that will take place in Guanajuato, Mexico, from June 16th to 28th, 2020.
The #LABICMEX will count with the collaboration of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Guanajuato’s Social and Human Development Secretariat, Guanajuato’s Institute for People with Disabilities, la Guanajuato’s Health Secretariat, Guanajuato’s State DIF, the National School of Higher Studies, CIATEC, Medialab Prado, Njambre and Silo – Art and Rural Latitude.
This is an international call opened to contributors who want to help develop projects at the Civic Innovation Laboratory that will take place in Guanajuato, Mexico, from June 16th to 28th, 2020. This civic laboratory seeks to find new innovative proposals and solutions that generate social and environmental benefits. The projects will be developed in a collaborative way by multidisciplinary and intercultural teams, in liaison with local groups and communities. Applications for this call can be submitted by anyone interested from any country in the world.
Registration is free and open until April 5th, 2020.
For all the above, we open this international call to anyone interested in participating as contributors in one of the projects described below:
|Name||ABC for people with autism|
|Author||Priscila Gadea Lorenz|
|Description||The objective of this work is to design and develop a mobile game for Android platform capable of immersing students with autism and special needs within a classroom environment in order to prepare them for the school environment as well as perform logical and educational reasoning tasks. In this virtual environment the child with autism will be encouraged to perform several gradual tasks of reasoning and educational development, providing a controlled interaction. It will use techniques to arrange objects on the scene to eliminate disorganizing stimuli and reduce the possibilities of errors, helping understand the proposed dynamics.
The application of technologies through visual stimuli brings significant gains in school development and the recognition as an individual. Virtual reality, when used in conjunction with teaching, adds value in obtaining results, since children with ASD have behavioral peculiarities.More info here.
|Description||Autapp is a tool that will allow thousands of young people with autism to be able to communicate with their environment. It is not simply a product or an app, it is a tool that will allow us to transmit something that we have as internalized as language, giving opportunities to those who have not been able to do so far.
This project will allow the incorporation of School-based Education Projects (PEC) that are “cards” with words and images that describe objects, actions and feelings. Through their selection and grouping, time lines and routines are formed, as well as communicating wishes and actions that the user wants to achieve.
More info here.
|Name||Technical Aid for autonomy in holding objects|
|Description||People who today, for whatever reason, are unable to hold utensils or tools, have a high degree of dependence on their activities of daily life. This dependence or lack of autonomy is detrimental, not only because it makes it difficult to carry out these tasks, but it also implies a psychological component that affects self-esteem. In case the upper limb exists, one of the most used technical aids at present is the palmar pocket. This tool does not allow the person who uses it to grab and drop utensils, nor does it allow access to a large number of activities. The autonomy it provides is limited. On the other hand, if the upper limb is non-existent, the current solutions are not very functional, or with high costs for the vast majority of those who need the equipment.
The tool that we present seeks to overcome these drawbacks by providing a simple, replicable, low-cost and parameterizable system, designed to provide autonomy in holding and releasing any type of object, and fully compatible with projects that are complementary and with which, we believe , we can generate great synergy.
During LABICMEX we will work on:
The main beneficiaries of the project will be: people with spinal cord injury, amputees, older people (with involuntary movements, insufficient grip strength, etc.), people with traumatic brain injuries with consequences in MMSS, people who have suffered strokes, people with hemiplegia , etc.
More info here.
|Name||Audio Frequency Magnetic Loop for Hearing Aids|
|Author||Carlos Daigoro Fonce Segura|
|Description||Because hearing aids pick up much of the ambient sound, they cause discomfort to those who use them. This results in a form of exclusion in shared spaces of many people who use them.
Magnetic loops are a solution to this problem, since they eliminate the amplification of ambient sounds and allow the person to focus on the transmitted message.
the creation of magnetic loops, as recommended by the WHO, represents the opportunity to improve audio reception, and therefore the inclusion of people in collective contexts.
In Mexico, as an example, no public or private educational environment contemplates the installation of such technology, nor the most recent works such as concert halls, pointing to its omission in the transition process towards a system of oral justice.
The aim is to design a magnetic loop system for people who use hearing aids, available for free replication, and that can be installed in public places.
|Name||Internet for all|
|Author||José Hernando Mosquera de la Cruz|
|Description||The project will develop a Virtual Assistant that allows quadriplegic people to surf the Internet without having physical contact with any hardware device, controlling the computer by means of the movement of the head (for movement of the cursor) and voice commands using a webcam and a microphone.
The starting premise is to provide coverage to some of the currently most widely used applications such as Facebook, Gmail, WhatsApp and Google Chrome. In the laboratory, brainstorming sessions will be carried out to define the applications to be covered, user interfaces, user experience, cognitive models, testing protocols and the implementation of artificial intelligence algorithms.
This project will improve the quality of life of people with disabilities as it will give them autonomy and independence to surf the internet, allowing them to communicate with loved ones, carry out research, work, entertainment, write and read emails without using the mouse and keyboard.
More info here.
|Author||Daniel Escobar Vazquez|
|Description||This proposal seeks the creation of a reading device through the expansion of the traditional book format based on the use of electronic and digital technologies, aimed at people with visual disabilities as well as the general public. Such a device should facilitate the multimedia and multisensory perception of a narration, through tactile surfaces sensitive to the touch of the skin, which, when activated, generate the reproduction of sounds, images and lights, expanding the traditional writing and Braille format. For the drafting and illustration for the prototype of the Expanded Book, and as a way of establishing a dialogue with the history of the city of Guanajuato, the topic of mining is proposed. The book will thereby become the interface of a tactile and acoustical space towards a playful, narrative and historical universe, with great potential in education and inclusion.
More info here.
|Author||Jimena Luna Benavides|
|Description||The objective is to share knowledge and tools between parents with disabilities, in the stages of pregnancy and upbringing. For this, a mobile and web application will be developed to circulate information on strategies in these stages, having technical documentation and creating a collaborative space building information from the experiences and practices of people with disabilities.
The project is necessary due to the little information available in Spanish about strategies and good practices related to the experience of pregnancy and parenting for people with disabilities.
During the laboratory we will focus on the case of people with motor disabilities, and then, after the laboratory, we will be able to include other types of disabilities.
More info here
|Author||Genny Yohan Chavarría López|
|Description||Generating a prototype of a foldable ramp, ultralight, easy to install and transfer, that allows accessibility in natural environments, for leisure activities outside the urban environment, and for those urban environments where public institutions have not complied with the adaptation of wheelchair accessibility, as is your right.
In order to promote equal opportunities and autonomy for people with disabilities, this project seeks to make accessible those adverse environments for wheelchair mobility, generating greater autonomy.
Más info aquí.
|Name||Digital magazine for deaf children|
|Author||Elena Guadalupe Laureano Martinez|
|Description||The project aims to be the first bicultural and bilingual literary product aimed at the deaf community, and those interested in teaching deaf children. The magazine will be digital, open and free, deploying tools for updating the teaching methodology, as well as providing the necessary strategies for the child to acquire skills in matters of socialization, acquisition of learning and consolidation of identity.
Deaf children will have access to a mass medium in their mother tongue, LSM (Mexican Sign Language), bringing them closer to sentimental, school and coexistence situations for understanding the environment in which they develop. In addition to LSM, the digital magazine will include alternative media (e.g. audiovisual).
This magazine will have the active participation of the deaf community in its production.
|Author||Valeria Medrano Lopez|
|Description||The general objective of the project is to implement in a wheelchair a device that is capable of controlling motors wirelessly through a joystick, using programmable integrated circuits that communicate via Bluetooth protocol. This will make it easier for paraplegic assistants to carry out the transfer activities, as there will be no cables required and the assistant does not need to be connected to the chair. In addition, the materials to manufacture the chair’s drive system for this project are cheap, which will make the chair cheaper and, in turn, more accessible to the population. This project is the pioneer of several projects that are expected to be developed, as the long-term aim is to make a completely independent chair that works with trained neural networks to follow a previously traced path, helping thus the person be independent from an assistant or relatives.
More info here
Access the terms of the call and inscribe to #LABICMEX!
Ten projects will be developed in a collaborative way by teams constituted by the promoters of those projects, a pool of 90 contributors (nine per project) and the support of mentors, technical experts and local facilitators. The work will also include co-production with local communities.
1.1. Registrations and publication of results
Anyone interested in participating as contributors in the #LABICMEX must complete and submit the form found below. Registration is free.
Opening date: March 13th 2020
Closing date: Abril 5th 2020
Publication of names of people selected: Abril 13th 2020
Results will be published on the Civic Innovation website.
1.2. Civic Innovation
We define Civic Innovation as a process of solving social problems with open techniques and methodologies (these being digital, social or ancestral) that formulates innovative practises with the participation of the concerned local community. This definition implies that the people cease to be passive recipients of institutional action, to become players and creators of their own choices, through an empowerment process. A process that is very democratic (from the bottom up), very resilient as it is based on a learning by doing and trial and error method, and more importantly, much more flexible and efficient than any other as it includes the knowledge of the affected communities.
1.3. What is a LABIC?
Civic Innovation Labs (LABIC) are spaces created to experiment, standardise and streamline those spontaneous innovations emerging from the people that have the ability to transform situations and the potential to be replicated in other places.
The LABIC operate over 12 days with the gathering of multidisciplinary teams of people from diverse backgrounds. This makes the lab a space for the production of projects developed in a collaborative way from the people to the people, generating a space of intercultural coexistence.
This will be the LABIC´s seventh edition; the previous ones took place in Veracruz, Mexico in 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015; Cartagena, Colombia in 2016; Pasto, Colombia in 2018; Rosario, Argentina in 2018; and Liberia, Costa Rica in 2019. In each edition, the LABIC adjusts to the context where it takes place and to the main theme of the Lab.
1.4. The people participating in the LABIC
1.5. The LABIC and the SDGs
On this occasion, the LABIC wants to contribute to the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to climate change and environment from a civic society point of view.
What are the SGDs? On 25th September 2015, 193 countries adopted a set of 17 global objectives to eliminate poverty, protect the planet and guarantee everyone´s prosperity as part of a new sustainable development agenda to be implemented over the following 15 years. The interesting part of the SGDs agenda is that not only governments and institutions can contribute to it, but people can also bring their ideas. For that reason, this civic innovation lab is focusing on eight of those goals that must serve as the inspiration for the specific proposals that should inform the projects:
2.1. Aims of the call
The aim of this call is to select a total of 90 people to collaboratively develop the ten civic innovation lab projects previously selected through an open call.
This call is directed to any person interested in the selected projects, regardless of the candidate´s level of training, expertise or experience. Examples of applicants could be environmentalists, ecologists, biologists, engineers, sociologists, architects, geologists, town planners, educationists, programmers, psychologists, journalists, ICT experts, graphic designers, artists, cultural managers, protectors of ancestral cultural traditions, community leaders or any other interested person. We specially call on youth organisations, afro-descendants, members of indigenous communities, women, people from rural and fishing areas, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTI community, and others to submit their proposals.
2.2. The role of the contributors
The role of the contributor is to help develop the project bringing in their knowledge and expertise. Once selected, the candidate will work in collaboration with eight other contributors and the project´s promoter throughout the LABIC in order to achieve the best possible result in developing the specific project.
This is a very rewarding experience for those participating in the lab, who not only have the opportunity to help develop an innovative and unique project but also the chance of working closely and learning from people of different countries, cultures and communities, as well as experiencing different realities.
At the end of the Lab, the names of all the contributors along with that of the promoter will be included in the final credits. The SEGIB will also issue a certificate for all those participating in the LABIC who request it.
2.3. General features of the laboratory
The teams will work on developing their proposals during the #LABICMEX. Although the lab has an established timetable, each group needs to manage their work schedule, their priorities, the way they operate internally and their material resources. The teams will operate in a collaborative and horizontal manner and will be supported by a group of mentors (specialists in the topics to work on and with experience in the labs), technical experts (in programming and electronics), and local facilitators (who connect the projects with the local communities).
If none of the team members have any connection to the local community, the organisers will help them get in touch. The collaboration with local organisations and collectives is crucial for the participants to confront real situations on the ground and in order to meet the beneficiaries of the project.
The working day will extend over mornings and afternoons, and it will adapt to the specific needs of the projects as well as the activities and timetable of the event venue. Although the working language is mostly Spanish, LABIC is a multicultural meeting point so by its nature multilingual, and communication is fluid.
While the #LABICMEX takes place, there will be a number of other activities such as talks, presentations, seminars, or workshops, all of which are opened to both the participants and the locals.
The working schedule during the #LABICMEX will be as follows:
Before the lab, the organisation will put all the team members in contact with each other so that they can plan, exchange information and materials and advance any preparatory work to be developed during the event.
2.4. Accommodation, transport and meals
From June 16th to 28th, the organisers will cover the accommodation and meals.
The accommodation will be in shared rooms, of maximum 3 people, in a hotel in the city of Guanajuato, close to the venue where laboratory activities will take place.
The organisers will not cover the travelling costs (to Guanajuato and back to own country/city of origin). But they will take care of the transport from the Guanajuato airport (El Bajío International Airport) to the hotel in Guanajuato on June 16th, at different times, and from the hotel to the airport on June 28th.
Contributors must fund their own journeys to and from Guanajuato. Public or private institutions can finance the contributor´s travel costs (in these cases, the institutions involved can give the participant a letter stating their sponsorship and their financial support for the #LABICMEX). Also, if an institution funds the travelling costs one of the contributors, the organisers will allow the inclusion of the institution´s brand as a collaborating agency in all the documents and website.
If and when needed, the organisers will plan and finance the daily transportation to the Lab’s venue from the hotel for the participant groups, as well as any visits to the local communities involved with the event.
3.1. Selection committee
The selection committee will be formed by the SEGIB´s Civic Innovation team, with the support of the project´s promoters.
3.2. Criteria for the selection of candidates
For the selection of the contributors, the committee will consider:
– Adjustment of the candidate´s profile to the profiles needed for the projects
– Degree of motivation;
– Diversity of origin and ethnicity will be valued and gender balanced kept into consideration.
– Also, each team will have a contributor who will be in charge primarily of documenting the processes and work dynamics and its results, as well as of communicating externally through digital platforms and social media, etc.
3.3. Promotion and continuity of projects
The developed projects will be publicly presented by the promoters and the contributors on the last day of the lab.
The full documentation on the projects will be published on the organisers’ website in order to share the knowledge generated.
The organisation will study the viability of escalating and replicating the projects after the lab.
3.4. Obligations of the successful candidates
- The successful candidates will commit themselves to attending the lab every day from June 16th to 28th, 2020.
- The teams also commit to facilitate all the project´s documentation that could allow its replicability.
- The selected participants will be allowed to use all the equipment and material previously requested and allocated to them. Any unforeseen or not approved expense pertaining the material or the rental of equipment will have to be covered by the authors of the project.
- The finished projects will be under free licenses and we suggest to use the Share-Alike type (for example, in Creative Commons, it would be the BY-SA licence). At LABIC, we promote knowledge that is open and shared, as our intention is to replicate the projects and escalate them in different regions, so that they can benefit more people.
- All participants must respect the LABIC’s ethic code and rules of co-existence (see below).
3.5. Legal disclaimer
The organisation is not responsible for the information or data used by participants. The organisation is not responsible either for any copyright infringement, affecting third parties, according to the laws of their respective countries.
The #LABICMEX is an event that takes place over several days. Therefore, we appeal to the individual responsibility of each participant throughout the lab. The organisation will not be responsible for any thefts, losses, or personal injuries.
The #LABICMEX does not offer any financial remuneration to the participants, in the understanding that the lab is a space for collaboration and contribution to the common good.
3.6. Interpretation and modification of this call´s terms
The members of the committee can make any modifications, adaptations or clarifications that they consider pertinent.
Any circumstance not covered in this call will be resolved by the committee. The decisions, rating and results are not subject to appeal.
3.7. Ethic code and rules of co-existence at LABIC
- We focus on collaboration not competition.
- Ideas are valuable on their own, not because of who formulates them. We don’t promote gurus, but the common good.
- We defend the rights to information, knowledge and participation. Dialogue and free exchange of ideas guide our activities.
- At the LABIC we promote free licences and open information repositories for transparency and to spread knowledge.
- We do not accept hate speech or any kind of discrimination for reasons of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, social stand, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and origin.
Who can register as contributor in this laboratory?
Any person over 18 years of age from anywhere in the world who wants to be part of a team contributing with his/her knowledge and ideas to develop the selected proposals, while at the same time learning from the rest of the team, the lab´s mentors and the local communities.
What does the laboratory offer to those participating as contributors?
A unique multicultural environment to learn in a collaborative way, where people find a space to help build more sustainable communities and contribute to care for our planet. The contributor´s names will be included in the final project´s documents. And also, the Civic Innovation Project of the SEGIB will facilitate those who request it an official certificate documenting their participation in the laboratory. The team will also have the opportunity of presenting their work in a public forum during the lab and the contributor will certainly gain an important professional and personal network.
What is my commitment registering as a contributor?
The selected contributors will commit to develop those parts of the projects assigned to them, according to their profile and interests. They also will have to attend the lab´s sessions daily and respect the LABIC ethic code and rules of co-existence.
What do the organisers cover?
The organisers cover your accommodation and all your meals (full board); also, your local journeys to the communities (managed by the laboratory). The organisers do not cover travel costs from other cities or other countries, except for the journeys to and from Guanajuato airport (Del Bajío International Airport) on arrival (June 16th) and on departure (June 28th).
Can an Institution, or a private company or entity finance my travel costs to the Laboratory?
Yes. In fact, the organisers can provide a certificate for the entity involved stating their participation in the lab. And also, they will allow for the entity´s brand logo to appear in all the documentation regarding the celebration and the results of the laboratory.
Where can I find information about the projects in which I can collaborate?
In the summary of selected projects and in the #LABICMEX´s website.
How would the teams be established?
The teams will be formed with the publication of the successful contributors. From that point, the organisers will put the members of the teams in touch so that they can start coordinating online and exchanging materials before the laboratory.
What´s the lab´s schedule?
The lab´s schedule is very busy and intense, but the teams will agree on their own timetable according to their needs and availability. It’s intense and the work generally covers the full day. There are also other programmed activities and some improvised presentations, workshops, debates and parties. The activities will normally start at 19.00 h on June 16th and finish on the night of June 27th. The participants will leave on June 26th.
Can I choose the project I want to collaborate with?
Yes, you can choose the project you want to be part of.
Is it possible to collaborate with several projects simultaneously?
Yes, as long as you can cope with the schedule and the project’s needs allow you to. But our advice is to concentrate in only one project. Time flies and it’s only two weeks!
Can I take part if I can’t stay for the full two weeks of the laboratory?
We recommend full attendance and availability because the work during the lab is very intense. Remember that full availability is one of the main criteria in the selection process.
Taking part in this call means you accept all our rules and conditions.
If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org