02 October 2013
Nokia Create adds ‘Do Good’ mission to develop apps for visually impaired
Nokia is partnering with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to enhance the mobile experience of more people around the world
Today the Nokia Create contest added a great new twist for Windows Phone app developers with a mission dedicated to the idea of “Doing Good”. In partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), developers are invited to create new apps that will make the lives of people with low vision easier; or update their existing apps to make them more accessible in general. For example, developers might submit apps like a compass that gives vibration feedback or perhaps more complex examples that provide audio descriptions of the view from the Nokia Lumia camera. The apps submitted can fit within any of the eight current Nokia Create contest categories.
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Over 600 million people worldwide have a registered disability, in addition to the people who need improved accessibility because of their vision, hearing, speech, mobility, cognition, or simply their age. For instance, many elderly people have already been using mobile communications for years and expect to continue to use their handsets – meeting their needs is important for us. Read more about Nokia’s work in this area at http://www.nokia.com/global/about-nokia/people-and-planet/sustainable-devices/accessibility/accessibility/ .