Sighted people help the blind via video calls with everyday tasks, young people â€žadoptâ€œ seniors and translators offer their service via smartphones breaking down language barriers at any time.
These are only three topics that are covered by the winning projects of the European Youth Award 2016.
The international jury of the European Youth Award a pan-European contest for young digital social start-ups – selected this year’s winning projects in a two-day meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus, end of September.
The 18 jurors of the #EYA16 Onsite Grand Jury had intense and constructive discussions and finally chose 11 winning projects for this yearâ€™s European Youth Award.
They range from gadgets for bicycle navigation over a job platform mediating part time jobs using geo-navigation to video games helping to improve the cognitive skills of children with Down syndrome.
Juror Sohvi Sirkesalo from Finland about the Onsite Jury meeting: â€žWe had to evaluate many good projects. Especially the diversity of the projects impressed me.
I was very happy to work in a team of experts from all over Europe. It was an enriching experience because each member of the jury had a different business background and I enjoyed the good balance between countries, gender, and age.
Be my eyes, the winner in Health Category
Among the winners in the category Healthy Life is the project â€žBe my Eyesâ€œ (produced by 28-years old Alexander Hauerslev Jensen from Denmark) that connects blind people with sighted volunteers, to help the blind with their day-to-day challenges.
The project convinced the jury not only by the outstanding idea but especially by the good technical performance and the high social impact.
Solving every dayâ€™s problems for the blind, this app also reduces mutual reservations. There are already 370.000 volunteers registered from 149 countries to assist 28.000 blind people.
The winning projects are from 8 different European countries: Denmark (2 projects), Spain (3 projects), Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, Serbia and Romania.
Among many other benefits, the EYA winners profit by a three-month mentorship program and will be recognized and honored at the international EYA stage at the Winners Event (EYA Festival) taking place in the city of Graz, Austria, from November 30 to December 3.
They will have the opportunity to pitch their outstanding projects to a multi-stakeholder audience and the EYA Grand Jury that will select the Overall Winner based on the winners pitches for the fifth time in 2016.
Furthermore, they receive project checks from students from all over Europe and become part of a vibrant network.