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WeCare-Cybercafe

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
info@ran.org.np
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

If your team/idea/organization has a website, please share the URL below.

Website: www.ran.org.np
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/nepal.ran
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Team (13)

simo's profile
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
Binod

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,
Vincent
http://www.vincentbettschart.ch

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Team

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

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Hello Bikash Gurung,

Will His Hands Reader mother tongue literacy videos with local hand sign support help your Cyber Cafe "Include disabled where their family goes"? The HHR app has a 1742 video hand sign dictionary subtitled in three languages: local mother tongue, local business language and English. Also, video reading primers with word by word hand sign assist. The app runs on the lowest cost smart phones in Nepal. Every home conveniently becomes an extension cyber portal for MLE (Multi-lingual-education) education for disabled and their Hearing siblings.

Your Cyber Cafe will actively become a champion and showcase demonstrating awareness of how Disabled are being included through technology.

People will say to their friends... "Have you been to The Cyber Cafe?!". You can get a free app to learn to read your mother tongue there.
All who visit your Cyber Cafe thereby extend your reach to every home. The parents can have the other Hearing siblings learn to read using the HHR mother tongue literacy app. As they learn to read they will "accidentally" learn hand signs which they can begin to teach their deaf brother/sister.

Connect with me via LinkedIn at the link below. Volunteers have already added Nepali and Tharu. You can begin testing out the ability to extend reach to every home from your Cyber Cafe now.

Every HHR mother tongue literacy app will soon have analytics that will appear in this world report. This report will tell you how effectivly you are reaching people as the report shows literacy engagement by city and mother tongue.
https://datastudio.google.com/org//reporting/0B79iKFBBwqNpSkcwODhHQVdKMXM/page/YWT

Here is more ~~~

Imagine a time when every Hearing and Deaf child can learn to read from the smart phone in their village...hearing and seeing their mother tongue and hand sign on the app?

The time is now!

Do you know someone who would like to volunteer to add their mother tongue or hand signs to the free His Hands Reader literacy system?

The Www.HisHandsReader.org mother tongue literacy videos with hand sign assist opens a path for total inclusion of deaf children among hearing. As hearing children use the mother tongue literacy videos with hand sign assist they naturally learn the means to communicate with deaf playmates.

And don't over look that the Www.HisHandsReader.org mother tongue literacy videos help Hearing children in the Multi lingual Education classroom.

It takes only 30 hours to add your mother tongue. Here are the instructions to volunteer...
http://www.hishandsreader.org/add-my-language-odk-collect.html

Here is an example of the result of volunteers in Jordan who added their local business and mother tongue languages and local hand signs...
http://www.hishandsreader.org/1jo-jos-arb-ajp.html

Thanks!

Bob Achgill
BobAchgill@hotmail.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-achgill-122a609

Www.HisHandsReader.org
Helping Deaf and Hearing learn to read so they can read His Word

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here is a little more detail...

Would you like to volunteer to add your hand signs or mother tongue to Www.HisHandsReader.org??

These are the ONLY qualifications needed to add your Mother Tongue language or hand signs to the Www.HisHandsReader.org :
1) Native speaker of your mother tongue or hand signs.
2) Read and write your mother tongue (not needed for adding hand signs)
3) Know English well enough to translate the 1742 basic Words to your MT or hand signs
4) Access to Android phone to use the HHR app to add your language. (1.5GB RAM, 3 GB free space)
5) total 30 hours to add your text with voice or video your hand signs.

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BobAchgill , thanks for your proposal. We will surely get back to you when we will set up WeCare cyber cafe.

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This is a great iniciative by RAN for differently gifted people.Congratulations to the team working for this project.

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Thanks Rayjeena! We are glad to support the differently gifted community.

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Great job bro!!! We are motivated by your deeds. We are looking forward for your more creative works and your contributions.

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Thanks Anil, we are looking forward for your contribution in this program.

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Great innovative idea..
Best wishes!!

Photo of bikash gurung
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Thanks Roshni Kandel  !!

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Well done guys

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Thanks Anu for your support.

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It's good to see you guys working so hard and coming with such a brilliant idea :) Well done

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Thanks Ramesh!! We will definitely try to make this happen.

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I feel so proud of your work and this idea. This will surely works and becomes heplful to promot the people who are skillful but are physically disabled and it is the necessity in our community too. So move on bro and we are totally suportive for the initiation. Also we are ready for any kind of help and volunteering .....

#feeling_proud
#M_with_you

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Thanks Sijan for your kind words. Looking forward to make impact in Nepal.

Photo of Rajendra Chataut
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I think this idea is ice breaker !!! I am proud of the activities of Robotics Association of Nepal

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Thanks Rajendra, We would be more than proud when we will start this project. Looking forward for initiating the project Nepal.

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A great movement by the Robotics Association of Nepal to create a cyber cafe awareness among disabled users. I would suggest the company as follow-:
JOB OPPORTUNITY
 In today's competitive world a disabled user could be taught some minimal data entry works(invoices, delivery notes,certification document entries etc)which in counts goes to a minimum of 50 to 1000 entries in return could give at least a minimum salary structure which brings an income to his or her requirements of life.

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Thanks for the suggestions Malvi, yes we can definitely create huge job opportunity for this group of people and help them create better future. We hope to increase the living from our initiatives.

Photo of Santosh Dhital
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Great initiative by RAN that connects technology and humanity and makes use of it to make life of every people easier.....

Photo of bikash gurung
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Thanks Santosh dhital ! we will hope to get support from you during the initiation of the programme.

Photo of Dipesh Chetry
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A sounding approach for the enhancement of better quality for the disabled . Wholesome a innovative kick-start ,really inspiring .

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Thanks Dipesh!

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so glad to see so much action and new ideas!

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Thanks Rex for your awesome comments.

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Happy to be the part of it. :)

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It always great to see people interested to work together for a cause.

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Great initiation. :D

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Thanks Abhideep!

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Hi Bikash and Team! We’re excited to share with you feedback and questions from the Amplify team and an external set of experts. We encourage you to think about this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea. You are welcome to respond in the comments section and/or to incorporate feedback into the text of your idea. Your idea and all associated comments will all be reviewed during the final review process.

General feedback from experts:
On expert shared, “That is an excellent problem to seek to try and solve. My question would be how do you know a physical space is the right solution for this challenge based on your users needs?”

What experts shared for is this idea desirable, feasible and viable?
• One expert shared, “Desirable: It absolutely is – would you consider refocusing the output on making existing cyber cafes accessible and open to disabled people to also look to decrease wider stigma around disability by giving people an opportunity to increase inclusion? Feasible - yes it's a plausible idea! Would love to learn what partnerships are in place? Viable – Would love to learn more details about your plans and do you work with existing cyber cafes and tech hubs?”
• Another expert said, “Yes! But how can you break this big idea into smaller projects to test and learn from and grow step by step?”

How does this idea consider user needs?
• “It definitely address a good problem - that disabled people cannot access cyber cafes. My question would then be when you jump to the solution, is this truly the users wants and needs to go to a separate café from where their family and friends go? A question was raised by the author is 'Finding the right space to start the cyber cafe' and I would say that it would be very hard to answer this -and maybe the question is 'which spaces can we work with to make accessible?”
• Can you share with us more specifics about the users needs now, and how you will continue to gain user insight and perspective throughout this process?

Thanks for sharing the important work you are doing!

In case you missed it, check out this Storytelling Toolkit for inspiration for crafting strong and compelling stories: http://ideo.to/DXld5g Storytelling is an incredibly useful tool to articulate an idea and make it come to life for those reading it. Don’t forget - June 4 at 11:59PM PST is your last day to make changes to your idea on the OpenIDEO platform.

Have questions? Email us at amplify@ideo.org

Looking forward to reading more!

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Thanks Open Ideo Team for the Feedback and questions. Here are our reply :
Q1) On expert shared, “That is an excellent problem to seek to try and solve. My question would be how do you know a physical space is the right solution for this challenge based on your users needs?”
We believe that what these communities need is not just a project, which is temporary, but a commitment. A Cybercafe with makerspace model denoted this commitment. It's something that they can grow and evolve into the future. This positions us not just as a training programme but as an institution that is committed to build the groundwork for the future.

Q2) What experts shared for is this idea desirable, feasible and viable?
One expert shared, “Desirable: It absolutely is – would you consider refocusing the output on making existing cyber cafes accessible and open to disabled people to also look to decrease wider stigma around disability by giving people an opportunity to increase inclusion? Feasible - yes it's a plausible idea! Would love to learn what partnerships are in place? Viable – Would love to learn more details about your plans and do you work with existing cyber cafes and tech hubs?

Such a space does not exist now. It would even be accurate to say that such a space will facilitate in creating a completely new notion of individuals who are now considered “disabled” to individuals who are “differently abled”. We hope such an initiative will, in the long run, have positive impacts in their inclusion in the process of community governance. Also Nepal Academy of Science and Technology(NAST) and Nepal Communitere are ready to provide the space to intiate the Cybercafe concepts. We ourself are a leading tech hub of Nepal, we have research and development unit, Makerspace and leading the momentum of Robotics and Technology Development of Nepal.

Q3) Another expert said, “Yes! But how can you break this big idea into smaller projects to test and learn from and grow step by step?”

The initial concept is to work with available spaces to upgrade the makerspace and make them accessible. In some areas, building of a maturely new space might be required because of the fact that such a space is not available to cater to even abled persons. WeCare cybercafe can be modelled to accommodate able users too.

Q4) How does this idea consider user needs?
• “It definitely address a good problem - that disabled people cannot access cyber cafes. My question would then be when you jump to the solution, is this truly the users wants and needs to go to a separate café from where their family and friends go? A question was raised by the author is 'Finding the right space to start the cyber cafe' and I would say that it would be very hard to answer this -and maybe the question is 'which spaces can we work with to make accessible?”

The ideal space would be closer to or in facilities where differently abled individuals are already visiting. Schools, community buildings, libraries etc are the first options if available in the intended areas.
To address your question of “separate from where their friends and family will be visiting” - we focused on the idea of a separate space due to the fact that there is a lot of stigma associated with differently abled individuals learning new things. The process is tedious and tends to be frustrating. Experts we spoke to during the development of this concept have pointed out that such individuals do not like to be watched by normal individuals as they learn something new.

Q5) Can you share with us more specifics about the users needs now, and how you will continue to gain user insight and perspective throughout this process?

In our initial key informant interviews individuals expresses a desire to learn the same skills their abled peers and cohort were learning but expresses the lack of facilities thus leading to lack of employment Opportunity. For specific needs and insight, we recommend a pilot research of technical solutions and literature in the options available for such capacity building initiatives.

Looking forward to making the Idea of Cybercafe a Reality! WeCare because we provide technological skills and we open gates for employment opportunity.

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A truly innovative idea , lets make this idea happen in Nepal.

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Thanks Sushil sir for your comment!hopefully we together can make this happen and support the community to build back and technologically empowered.

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Practically sound and groundbreaking concept and is very much required for country like ours, no doubt that it can be as infamous and pragmatic as Shanti Raghavan and Dipesh Sutariya, co-founder of EnAble India (EI) www.enable-india.org and also the Finalists of Social Entrepreneur of the Year India -2016 concepts whose sole idea aimed in improving the Indian ecosystems through skill development, employment generation and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities. I see a similar vision in this concept and wish to see this genuine initiative being undertaken by the most active robotics association of the country, Nepal.

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Thanks Uttam ji for your kind suggestions and complimentary. When we visited people with disability and share our idea. They were really desperate to learn, to empower them technically. They really want to change their current status quo but their's noone who could look after them and help them grow independent. WeCare Cyber Cafe will definitely transfer all the skills required to make capable and promote entrepeneurship among them. Today's need is technological empowerment.

Photo of Aleena Aleena
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I think it's a great start... Best of luck :)

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Thanks !

Photo of Laura Fernandez
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Sounds awesome guys!! My best wishes, though I know you don't neef them

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Thanks Laura! hopefully we will able to replicate it in the country you are working right now.

Photo of Anshu Sharma
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Sounds like a great idea. All the very best to RAN.

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Thanks Anshu! We hope you will be able to support the initiatives through volunteering your time.

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Great ! ��

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Thanks Shreeju :)

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Even though technology has taken a huge leap in these years and will surely be doing same in future too, there isn't much done in concern to disabled people. This issue being talked about is a big hurdle that stops a big part of human population to take part in the happening changes. These issues should surely be addressed and ideas presented are definitely optimistic.

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Thanks Kaushik Kunal, That's what we have been thinking so far. As Technology should be accessible by everyone and this needs to transfer to everyone. Each and Everyone deserves Right to information and Tecchnology.

Photo of Amarendra K Yadav
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innovative idea.... best wishes for implementation

Photo of bikash gurung
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Thanks :) Really eager to implement after meeting the differently abled community. They have appreciated our Idea and work. We are hopeful.

Photo of Amulya Malakar
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This is a great contribution to the society

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Thanks Amulya!! hoping to make an impact in people in need's life.

Photo of Abdul Rahaman
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This idea seems great, can you please give more insight what product you have and what will you be working,
:-)

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Hi Abdul,
Thanks for the comment!
Cybercafe itself is a product for this challenge. Beside that, if you are asking about physical hardware products, from the Research and Development department of the cafe, prototypes like Automatic Wheelchair, Assistive Android app, foot controlled typing machine will be developed. Beside this, the sole focus of the cafe will be at providing technical training to the community and making them skilled so that they can get job opportunity after taking the training. since this is also cyber cafe, the community can also visit and access to the digital world.

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Hi bikash gurung ,

I have been following your WeCare-Cybercafe  since the ideas phase, and am excited to see your progress in the challenge! I see you mentioned finding a space as one of your unanswered questions. An organization I worked with to implement a similar "cyber cafe" initiative for their after school program, partnered with a local business owner with technical knowledge (and already installed wifi) to have access to a portion of his space during non-business hours to host their cybercafe. The partnership worked extremely well and gave the project rapid feedback from uses with limited up-front costs during their "prototyping" phase. This business owner became a huge advocate of the project in the community and contributed greatly to its continued success. Would collaborating with an existing business for space during non-business hours be something that would work in your community?

Excited to see the impact of your work and vision!

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Hi Lauren,
Thanks for Valuable suggestions and collaborative opportunity. I like the idea of working together during the non-business hours. After having lots of feedback from this community, it seems we need to be critical about the accessibility of the space either its through transportation or prime location or pave way that are friendly to these community. Beside this, there are two groups in this community : employed and unemployed. The proposed collaboration seems feasible for employed as they tend to join the cafe after business hours but for unemployed group, they would love to join the cafe during the business hour learn more and more. Though we are the one who controls the space, every decision will be made through the cafe's board which will have representative from the community, thus decision of business hours will be taken after understanding the requirements with beneficiaries. We will reach out to soon. Please share your email address, so that we can reach out to you for collaboration opportunity.

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It's a great initiative taken by RAN for the disabled people. The ideas presented are idealistic and hopefully will have an immense impact in ICT. It will surely help the impaired to pop out their strengths and showcase in this hi-tech world. Cheers to the concept of "Technology For All"! Good Luck to the team!

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Yeh aleena it's great idea for making such community more active and making them responsible towards society.

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Thanks Sapana for the appreciation. since we have been working with youths since past 7 years, we were always encouraged to transfer technological knowledge to all. That's how technology for all has been part of our campaign.

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Thanks Abdul , definitely "WeCare-Cybercafe" also believes in responsible citizen for development of the country.

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Hi Bikash, big congrats for making to the shortlisted. I am glad for you. We did not make it and this is a bit disappointing because we put an hell of efforts but it is part of the game. I wish you all the best with the idea.

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Hi, Simo! Thanks again. Also would like to thank you for your availability for helping us out in creating more robust structure and engaging us with wheelchair community where we were able to get constructive feedback and learn a lot. Hopefully, we will be able to serve all the members of challenge community in collaboration with Engage Nepal , Bright Star Society and all others.

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Hi, Simo! Thanks again. Also would like to thank you for your availability for helping us out in creating more robust structure and engaging us with wheelchair community where we were able to get constructive feedback and learn a lot. Hopefully, we will be able to serve all the members of challenge community in collaboration with Engage Nepal , Bright Star Society and all others.

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Good to hear about such innovative and unique idea. Hope you guys will go ahead and bring further progress. Wish you all the best.

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Thanks Deek Xyuh! Hope we will be able to make it forward. and work for the betterment of the community.

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Great work must appreciate!!!!

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wahh great idea bro

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Thanks Subash :) !

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Apologises if I have misunderstood. I sent this to Robotics Association Nepal, thinking Bikash is the contact. Regardless, I would be like to talk to those moving this and similar ideas forward.
Cheers
Al

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Hi Al,
You haven't misunderstood and yes this is Bikash from Robotics Association of Nepal. Sure we would love to take this moving forward. Do ping me in the email address above.
Regards,
Bikash

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Namaste Bikash,
I have just found this and am very impressed with the work and intention. I would be very interested in talking to you about using Raspberry Pi computers and associated hardware and software to assist in developing opportunities for differently abled people. Also would be very keen to be involved in helping.

I will be returning to Nepal in September and am very interested in promoting the development of technology through the use of new low cost computers and internet technology. I presently teach Science and ICT in schools, but would like to be involved in a project like this.
Please let me know if you would like to talk more.
Cheers.

Al Taylor

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Dear AI Taylor,
Thanks for the suggestions! Yes, we do agree Raspberry pi computers and associated hardware could help in setting up the cybercafe cost efficient way. Also they are easy to use as well.
Would love to welcome you here in Nepal and its always great to receive helping hands for the projects which have high social values.
Certainly It would be great to talk more and see possible collaboration areas. Ping me at bikash@ran.org.np, we definitely can take our conversation further.

Regards,
Bikash

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Cool idea...������

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Thanks Binod!!

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This initiative of Robotics Association sounds promising for differently abled people. Think one of our colleague Bikash Man Singh, working with disabled children, would love to hear this idea. bikash gurung please let us know regarding any possibilities of collaboration!

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Thanks Utsav! We would surely love to get connected with Bikash Man ji and work together with them so that the right beneficiaries can get benefitted. Whats your email address so that we can get connected?

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Hi Bikash, thanks for sharing your work! Can you share a little more about what you've done and learned from your early prototypes and experiments? What's do you think your current project timeline is to get this project up and running?

Excited to learn more!

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Ashley Tillman  Thanks for appreciating our work. We have work together with all types of differently abled people Including Sushil Adhikari Co-founder of Bright Star Society who have high tech skills and regarded as an example for his digital excellency in Nepal as well as globally. He is an inspiration. We have work together during our Light of hope - Solar Distribution and Training campaign along with GDAP "Gwahali for Differently Abled People " and Engage Nepal where we distributed solars to more than 20 differently abled people from Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal in support of Microsoft and World Bank. It was partly funded by Google as well. During this collaborative effort, we have learned if digital literacy can be provided to this people, we believe they can make change. So, we have done research and work on devices like Mouth controlled mouse people with no hands and Speak it out (for blind people). Also our member Radi Miya was able to develop a prototype through the help of which people without Hands can feed themselves. Also Android App controlled wheelchair for people without legs to freely move into the CyberCafe.
Timeline:
Phase I [ August 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017 ]
1) Finding the right space where differently abled people can easily access and get connect with digital world.
2) Procurements of the devices for the Cyber Cafe
3) Final Prototyping of Android App controlled wheel chair and gesture controlled haptic devices.

Phase II : [ November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 ]
1) Interaction with Organization working for empowerment of differently abled people.
2) Collaboration with Government and Non Government Organization
3) Inauguration of the Space

Phase III : [ January 2018 - onwards ]
1) Training on using the devices & technological tools to at least 100 people with disability.
2) Free Access to tools and equipments along with resources of the Cybercafe
3) Partnership with Government and International Organization to support this differently abled people community space.
5) Understanding the suitable jobs or employment that can be done by people with disability.
4) Workshops on the courses that can enhance skills which further converts into employment.


The Phase II and Phase III continues for the better improvement and make it equipped with all the tools and technology and partnering with organization which are ready to collaborate to provide employment opportunity.

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Hi Bikash, thank you so much for the detailed response!

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Thanks for your queries! Its always our pleasure to share we want to do.

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Also let us know if you have any other queries!!

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Great initiation by RAN! Looking forward to more.

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Thanks Rashmi!! sure there will be much more to come!

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The idea is noteworthy and praise worthy.
The cafe itself will has to be disabled friendly not only the equipment so just a heads up after winning the challenge.

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Dinee Tamang  Thanks for the suggestions :) Yes, we are planning to develop the space in the area where differently abled people will be accessible. We are going to collaborate with Examplery people like Sushil Adhikari ( Visually impaired) and Engage Nepal @Simonewho could help us set up the space and make it user friendly with their expertise.

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Also We are working on Android App controlled Wheelchair which will help them reach out to the cafe with lot of ease.

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When you believe in what you're doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference.
Congratulations to the great effort, RAN is making. Great initiative indeed.

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Thanks Smrity for your kind words!! we definitely are moving forward and thriving to make difference in Nepal.

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What a great initiation by RAN. Best wishes with RAN and will be looking forward to some more such initiations.

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Thanks Ajit! Sure we look forward serving our community and community which are left behind as well.

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This is great initiative taken by RAN and I hope for all the best.

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Thanks Prajwal Acharya  :)

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Great initiation Daju. Go ahead all the best

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Thanks Madan :) sure we will always move forward for great initiative!

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Great initiative. All the best to Team RAN.

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Thanks Ravi :) :)

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The idea seems to be very helpful to many people . RAN bringing machines and humans together

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Thanks Ashish! we really want to bridge machine to human so that they can make our life easier!

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Great Idea...

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Thanks Poudel Roshan  :) :)

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It a nice idea that helps people with disabilities learn about more practical things.

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Thanks Kushal ! Hope you will be there to support.

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Sure, as always. :)

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Nice Initiation by the RAN Team. Congratulation bikash Gurung for such a nice idea to help differently abled people in a techie way. Hope your Team will be successful in your goal.

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Thanks Ramesh! Its part of our community work that motivate us to work for better and help eacha nd everyone.

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Wow this is a great idea. we love to have this cafe around the globe. lets support this idea and willing to know more about this...

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Sure Prabesh we will definitely take this initiative not only in Nepal also to the world. :)

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Amazing Idea. I met Sushil Adhikari his works and words both inspire alot of people who have lost hope in life and see hope in Tech sector.

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Yes! Sushil Adhikari is an Example. He has actually inspired us to think about this initiation and empower the differently abled people likewise so that there will be more role models in our life.

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If this idea can get implemwnted then it will change the way of living and working of differentlyable people.

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Sure! we will definitely try to implement. hoping for your support as well.

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Great initiation for differently-able people.....

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Thanks Amit!! We hope you will also be able to contribute for this project.

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Great Idea !! Hope this will change the barrier between differently abled people and society of Nepal.

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Thanks Binod, hopefully we will be able bridge the gap through our idea. :) :)

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Great initiation, we would be happy to volunteer our time for developing prototype and set up the space in Nepal as well as other countries.

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Thanks Manoj ! We will definitely get in touch with you after seeing the progress in this challenge. Keep on supporting!

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Thank you for sharing!
Indeed, a great initiative and very innovative!
Good luck and we will discuss for the collaboration.
Bests!

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Sajna Jirel  Thanks for your positive words. Can i have your email address so that we can take more on collaboration? We believe this initiative needs diverse people to support the people in need.

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Hello Bikash,
It is a very good initiative and good approach to help underprivileged differently able people in Nepal.
I am managing director at Himalayan Solution, we provide electronic components and different types of devices for prototyping and research to engineering colleges all over Nepal. We have a very good network in China also. we will be more than happy to help you in anything we can, my contact number is 9851221818.
good luck

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Ujjwal Ghimire Thanks Ujjwal for your support. We will definitely reach out to you when this space is up for running. We are aware about your good work in Nepal. We definitely need collaboration with companies like you to make this initiative impactful.

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A good idea to help differently able people. Best of luck and keep it up as always.

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Thanks Roshan! we are always ready to support the community through technology. Differently abled people needs this one very much.

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All the best.

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Thanks! hope we will be able to receive support from you making this cafe full of ICT and data.

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Hello Bikash Thank you for sharing.
Similar attempts are being made in many cities including Tokyo offcause each one is still local scale, and it is understood that good results can be obtained in the prototype phase. Every leader in those communityies is unique and attractive like you.
From my perspective of view I think those cafe coexist with commercial companies by not doing more than prototype but you have big vision more than that.
Good luck!

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Hello Takeyuki, It's our pleasure to support the community who are in need ni.
What I believe is, differently abled community needs support rather than commercialization. Support can be provided through establishment of this kind of initiative where they can prepare for themselves for the future and they may have insufficient ability but have lots of potential. As we mentioned they can be equal if not better. Would love also understand the stage of prototypes that are being implemented in Japan and other part of the world. Thank for connecting and sharing. :) :)

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This is really great idea Bikash Dai, and its another good step to represent Nepal in global context as a country of innovator(s). Good luck :)

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Rabiraj Khadka Thanks we will definitely need help to set this space in Nepal and make it accessible to people in need.

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This idea is about making different app based hardware and keeping the world of technology more accessible to the differently able community.

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Yes, Bikrant We can definitely be able to empower this community. We believe they will have equal knowledge if not better than others.

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Bikash, we can meet maybe end of this week? Thursday after office? here my number 9851017834 but i thik you have it..i can come your place. have a good day

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simo galimberti  Yes, We can surely do that. Lets explore more about the possibilities of establishing the cafe- for an impact.

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torrie Always glad to share our idea and make an impact through cross collaboration. Torrie lets see how we can work together. I think Writing for differently abled people is one of the challenge, which we can make it as part of our solution.

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Hi Bikash ,this is a great idea, very bold, ambitious and surely very innovative. A pioneering thing. Glad you came up with something so radical. I think there is some commonalities with what we are also working.
Very open for collaborations, we have discussed about it many times, maybe this is the right occasion.

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simo galimberti Thanks always ready to collaborate together and see how we make impact for the people in need. Lets catch as soon as possible. Yes, I think this is the time to work together. :)