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Robotics Association of Nepal aims to create a cybercafe where differently abled people can have access to digital world & technology.

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What problem does your idea solve?

ICT facilities are unevenly spread in many countries and Nepal definitely has its internal digital divide. The fast growth of ICT services in the world are not matched on the country. The differently abled people are not able to facilitate themselves with the recent updates on the technology. The aim of this project is to develop a cyber cafe where disabled persons can come and make them skilled through technological knowledge, occupied them with ICT expertise and get employment opportunity.

Explain your idea

Digital business is built on new computing infrastructure – the four pillars of mobile, cloud, social, and Big Data analytics – accelerated by the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) learning. These disruptive technologies are giving people the ability to radically change business models and create new products and services. Digital Transformation to differently abled people enables self dependency and promoting entrepreneurship for them. The Idea is to technically empowering the differently abled community through accessible cybercafe. Cyber cafe will consist of 3 main depart: Training(Internet) Hall, Seminar Hall & Research and Development Hall. Target of Training & Seminar Hall: Creating greater value by focusing on people’s unique abilities and providing a work environment that considers the special needs and skills. Focusing on everyone’s unique ability to contribute, rather than a person’s perceived limitations. Conducting motivational and skill based web seminars thus getting exposure to other cities and countries and promote entrepreneurship. Delivering live audio and data that can increase their design thinking skills. Target of Research and Development Hall: By embracing differences, we will spark innovation by solving the problems faced by the community—Prosthetic Hands, Automatic Wheelchair, Foot Controlled keyboard, Android Apps inclusive of differently abled Engineers, IT Professionals.

Who benefits?

Visually, Mobility & hearing impaired people have trouble using the currently available ICT hardware are the direct beneficiaries. More than the direct physical impacts, the psychological positivity such a project provides cannot be assessed by the expertise we possess. It is possible to assume the positive mindset will resist as a result of this project amongst the communities as well. The policy level implications in the future will increase the impact to more communities and individuals.

How is your idea unique?

Our idea is unique because of the fact that such an institution does not exist in the country. WeCare-Cybercafe with its unique features like : Focused on empowerment through technology Special care while learning Free to access First ever in Nepal and uniquely designed to adapt in other countries as well. Content Rich and focused on Unique need of differently able people. Preparing differently able people for future. Creating Entrepreneurship by providing them right skills Cybercafe with Research and Development of assistive and adaptive prototypes.

Tell us more about you

Robotics Association of Nepal Vision : To represent Nepal globally and act as common hub for robotics and Technology activities in Nepal. Missions: Support in forming and developing robotics in institutional level. Establish uniformity and standardization (certification) in Robotics activities. Organize Challenge/Competitions/workshops/seminars/talk in the robotics related fields. Areas of Interest: Robotics, Technology, Data , Manufacturing, Rural Development

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Finding the right space to start the cyber cafe is one of your unanswered questions. Though we do have connections with different organization working with differently abled people, we are not still sure if differently abled people would be interested in joining the cafe and join the digital world. After we have interviewed few of Wheelchair Users and Visually impaired, they were really interested to join the cybercafe. We may need to have massive marketing for this case. Also connecting to the job market is also another unanswered questions since one of mission with WeCare is skills to employment. We are interviewing with different corporate and public organization to understand their interest in providing the job to them.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nepal

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

How has your idea changed based on feedback?

After the Improve phase,vision for the project and decisions are two sided based on facts. We are able to sort out questions in our plan and answer them ( as mentioned in above attachment) through Q/A with beneficiaries & brainstorming in a team. Before the Feedback Phase, we were focused on High End training's and methodology to train rather than focusing on the specific need. Feedback from beneficiaries help us realize that their needs are unique and variable. Training contents were packaged into Basic [Using Laptops, Nepali typing, Excel sheet] , Middle [Graphics Design, Wordpress] and High End [Programming] so that all the needs can be fulfilled. Also public and private partners willing to hire this community are identified .Top of the list are Accessibility and User friendliness, was not prioritize. WeCare is about solving problems & creating opportunities , thus RD Unit to innovate prototypes for mobility, typing, reading, learning thus building their confidence "Yes, I can."

Who will implement this idea?

4 members from Robotics Association of Nepal[RAN] [Full Time] will be leading 1) Inclusive Seminar, Training and Research & Development Hall setup 2) Creating the Training, Seminar contents and finalize the prototype such as Obstacle detector Cane, automatic wheelchair. 2 from Bright Star Society[Part Time] - Channeling Visually & Physically impaired to the cafe, finalizing user friendly space & Training 2 from Engage Nepal [Part time]- Channeling Wheelchair users & Finalizing the space.

Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?

Our leadership team and members are all qualified engineers involved in conceptualizing and implementing solutions in different aspects of life. Our roles are interchangeable and our organisation is lateral. This keeps us flexible to assume roles and execute projects that require a specific expertise. RAN is objective oriented organisation and has modeled itself time and again to achieve the objectives it as set upon itself. We work in small functional teams and partner with other organisations to bring in the expertise we lack. Our communications channels are open and flexible to be modeled to serve our project oriented structure. Finally, RAN is an organisation established to be different from traditional hierarchical, fixed roles and responsibilities and stagnant power structure.

What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?

Amplify for the first time we have found open platform people or organization share their work freely thus helping in improving on our Ideas. The Human centered design methodology from Submission of Idea to Improve phase has broaden our horizon to empathize the beneficiaries. The opportunity to iterate our idea has helped us to reshape and redesign to create an impact. Amplify's focus on solving huge problems faced by community whose needs are not met was one of the reason.

What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?

The Day to Day Challenges that End Users face on Individual level are: 1) Discrimination 2) Mobility 3) Education 4) Job Opportunity System level Challenges are: 1) Lack of Government support, plans and policies for end users. 2) Lack of Inclusive Environment for differently abled people. 3) There is no any differently abled people on the decision making position on system, thus problems faced by this group are always neglected. 4) No any steps to transfer the ICT knowledge to the community. 5) No special priorities for the neglected group, leaving them in competition with abled people and thus remained unemployed.

Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?

"We aim to connect 1000 + differently abled to the digital world and technology in a year. We see this gaining traction by transferring skills to more than 5000 that intimately results in providing ICT based job opportunities by 2022. " "How can we create a sustainable model that brings together private & public partners and can be replicated in the country to impact lives of thousands of differently able people thus to achieve our vision of leaving no differently able people behind by 2026."

How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?

  • Between 1 and 2 years

How many of your team’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?

  • Between 10-20 paid, full-time staff

Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?

  • We are registered in all countries where we plan to implement.

My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:

  • Under $50,000 USD

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Team (13)

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simo galimberti

Role added on team:

"Simo Galimberti- CoFounder and Director at Engage Nepal Roles: Partner Responsibilities: 1) Bridge Wheelchair users and physically challenged people to the Cyber Cafe. 2) help in Designing course content and training materials which can support beneficiaries need."

bikash's profile
Binod's profile

Role added on team:

"Roles: Hardware Trainer"

Bikrant's profile
Bikrant Karki

Role added on team:

"Secretary of Robotics Association of Nepal[RAN] Role: Board Member"

Takeyuki's profile
Takeyuki Ogura

Role added on team:

"Works at DeNA Co., Ltd. Role: Adaptive Technology Expert Responsibilities: 1) Helping us with new tools and technology that coming out of the world and helping us with inclusive course design."

Ujjwal's profile
Ujjwal Ghimire

Role added on team:

"Cofounder at Himalayan Solutions Pvt.LTd Roles: Supply Electronics and Hardware for Research and Development in cheap price and also connect wus with Adaptive technology manufacturers."

Sajna's profile
Sajna Jirel

Role added on team:

"Project coordinator : School of Performing Arts Kathmandu(SPAK) Role: Psychological Understanding of Beneficiaries."

Manoj's profile
Manoj Lekhak

Role added on team:

"Roles: Drone Trainers for Differently abled people"

Amit's profile
Amit Khadka

Role added on team:

"Roles: Content Developer and Trainer on Software."

Binod's profile
Binod Kandel

Role added on team:

"Joint Secretary at Robotics Association of Nepal Role: Board Member"

Utsab's profile
Utsab Shrestha

Role added on team:

"Vice-President at Robotics Association of Nepal[RAN] Role: Board Member"

Uttam's profile
Uttam Pudasaini

Role added on team:

"Program Coordinator : Nepal Flying Labs & Founder at NAXA Role: Volunteer Responsibilities: Government and Policy Makers connector"

Sushil's profile
Sushil Adhikari

Role added on team:

"Social Activist and Cofounder at Bright Star Society. Role: Advisor Responsibilities: Mentoring, Trainering and User friendly Content Designing for visually impaired people."


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Wow, this is a beautiful initiative and I hope it will be fully implemented everywhere!

Regards from Switzerland,

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Thanks Vicent. We will surely try to implement this in days to come!

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