About the Zero Project

Founded by Austrian non-profit Essl Foundation in 2008, the Zero Project is a global and research-driven initiative to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

It focuses its efforts on the topics of

  • Education;
  • Employment;
  • Accessibility;
  • Independent Living and Political Participation;
  • ICT.

Over the past decade, Zero Project has established a global network of 10,000+ experts , policy makers, corporates, academics, and other persons with and without disabilities who are advancing the implementation of the CRPD. This network contributes to the Zero Project’s work and continues to grow, fostering a global community for disability inclusion.

Foundational work: finding and sharing innovative solutions




prize-winning innovations


years of experience


global conference


regional conferences


Each year, the Zero Project conducts research into innovations worldwide. Following a call for nominations (#ZeroCall) and an extensive selection process, exemplary solutions receive a Zero Project Award for their innovativeness, scalability, and impact. The vetted and peer-reviewed data generated through this research process is included in the Zero Project Database. In addition to the publicly available Zero Project Database, the Zero Project shares its findings through a variety of channels each year, such as the Zero Project Report, presentations at leading conferences, and marketing communications.

Find out more:


Topics, selection, process, and #ZeroCall

The Zero Project Database

The public database of 800+ innovative solutions


The Zero Project Report, and other accessible resources

The Zero Project Network

A global community for innovation in disability inclusion

The Zero Project Conference

#ZeroCon - the annual global conference


Find out about impact measurement strategies and reports

Leveraging the Zero Project’s foundational work through dedicated partnerships

Building on its foundational work, the Zero Project’s scope of impact is augmented through collaboration with civil society, public and private sector organizations around the world.

Initiatives by the Zero Project and its network of partners:

Zero Project Austria

Activities centred around inclusive employment

Zero Project Latin America

Focus on the Spanish speaking world

Zero Project India

Focus on the Indian subcontinent

Zero Project Scaling Solutions

Transferring outstanding solutions to new countries

Zero Project Technology Forum

An exclusive event for Awardees to pitch to potential partners

Artifical Intelligence (AI)

Initiative to leverage AI for disability inclusion

Inclusive Arts

Initiatives to promote inclusive arts

The Zero Project on social media

“Competition is a good thing, but collaborating with a competitive edge is better, and for me the Zero Project has created a global family which has a very big vision to truly transform the lives of persons with disabilities in the world, and is welcoming of anybody and everybody who shares those values to help that change happen.”

Caroline Casey, Founder of the Valuable 500

Connect with the Zero Project's "global family" for a world with zero barriers: