10 finalists of HuaweiStartupChallenge

Huawei has undertaken an important mission: it is to counteract exclusion in various areas of life – both professional and private, by using new technologies. It’s time to meet the best startups that can make the world a much better place.

The jury composed of outstanding representatives of the innovation environment in Poland and experts from Huawei Polska and the Startup Hub Poland Foundation chose ten companies that make it possible to counteract exclusion and provide equal opportunities, incl. by increasing the occupational rate of people with disabilities (this is extremely important, especially today when the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this problem) and effectively counteracting digital exclusion of various social groups, as well as eliminating the lack of equal access to education, transport, medical services or a healthy environment.

The best participants of #HuaweiStartupChallenge can count not only on a personalized path of challenges (consisting of tasks, expert opinions, and milestones designed to improve their solutions) but also on cash prizes – the first three places will be awarded the amount of 100,000, 50,000 and 35,000 PLN.

The Compas
The work of the Polish startup Associated Apps is the world’s first intelligent assistant navigating blind and visually impaired people (and others who have problems with free movement) inside public facilities. We are dealing here with a mobile application that can be controlled both manually and by voice, and which facilitates independent movement in places such as stations, airports, offices, office buildings, museums and shopping centers.


Vesper
Until now, visually impaired people had to use walking sticks and guide dogs to locate objects and move around, and reading magnifiers, including electronic ones, were necessary. Thanks to the Gdańsk-based company Augmandy, their lives can gain a completely new quality: the team has developed a prototype software using VR and AR technologies, which works with a system of cameras and goggles that display images in high contrast and allow you to see the world anew. They can be used for both rehabilitation and remote work.


Code All
Native internet chatbot that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms, allowing for individual learning of programming in Java. We are dealing here with a really attractive form of education, because users can rely on the so-called real life cases. In addition, there are process monitoring and selection of an appropriate development path. The added value is appropriate hardware such as IoT sensors that users can program themselves.


Deaf Respect
The first application that gives deaf and hearing impaired people the ability to choose the form of communication – from a sign language interpreter to a transcript (equipped with the option of using your own voice and written answers). In situations where the help of a sign language interpreter is necessary, Deaf Respect allows not only to find the right specialist, but also to pay for his services, and then assess their quality.


To IT Mommy
Project of the Mamo Pracuj foundation, i.e. an organization supporting women in returning to work through networking, mentoring support, conference organization, promotion of appropriate career paths as well as journalistic and social activities, thanks to which you can activate the excluded community and break stereotypes. Do IT Mommy focuses particularly on the IT industry, which – thanks to flexible working hours and relatively low entry barriers – is a great idea for a “fresh start” for women returning from maternity leave.

Naviration
A system of precise control of the therapeutic beam that allows to obtain an unprecedented accuracy of irradiation of neoplastic lesions. Thanks to an innovative mobile device, the heart of which is a system of two cameras tracking the position of the marker system, you can resign from the existing manual solutions (such as graph paper and analyzing photos), thanks to which the process becomes much faster and the readings are much more precise.

ParrotOne

PowerHID People with disabilities face many problems. One of them is the inability to use mobile devices controlled by the keyboard displayed on the screens, which leads to exclusion from social and professional life. The intelligent PowerHID keyboard, supported by an appropriate application and a communicator with an extensive dictionary of hints, allows for much easier typing of whole words, thanks to which the use of computers, smartphones and tablets becomes much easier.


SolHotAir
Solar heating collectors available today have many disadvantages – high cost combined with relatively low energy efficiency make the payback period is very long. Effect? “Green” thermal energy is an unavailable good for many companies and households. SolHotAir, an innovative way to fight energy poverty, may be a solution to this problem. We are dealing here with a patented system of turbulent heating collectors with an efficiency of up to 83 percent. Importantly, the collectors are in the form of flat modular panels with dimensions of 1 x 2 m, which can be adapted to any wall, thanks to which there is space on the roof for photovoltaic cells.

Wheelstair
A breakthrough way to fight the exclusion of disabled people who – while moving in wheelchairs – have to face many architectural barriers. Wheelstair, an advanced medical attachment for wheelchairs – increases the mobility of these people, facilitating full participation in social, cultural and economic life – an additional advantage of this invention (using solutions in the field of electronics, robotics, mechanics and mechatronics) is modularity, thanks to which every user can adjust it to your own needs.


WO: EX
In aging societies, there is a high percentage of people who have suffered severe cardiac or neurological illnesses. Thus, the number of people with motor disabilities is much higher. WO: EX is a project of a system dedicated to such patients; people requiring professional rehabilitation and care – both clinical and home. We are dealing here with a comprehensive and modular system based on a robotic exoskeleton. Thanks to the appropriate software, it will also constantly monitor the progress in rehabilitation and parameters such as EEG and GSP.

The final of the Huawei Startup Challenge will take place on April 14.

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