Zero Project Awardees 2024

#ZeroCall24: Inclusive Education, and ICT

77 Zero Project Awardees from 43 countries

The Zero Project is delighted to announce the Zero Project Awardees 2024: 77 innovative solutions from 43 countries that remove barriers for persons with disabilities in the fields of Inclusive Education, and ICT.

Explore the Awardees by world region

Innovation, Impact, and Scalability

An unprecedented 526 nominations from 97 countries were submitted during this year's call for nominations (#ZeroCall24). They were evaluated in a multi-step process that included extensive peer-review by experts from the Zero Project's global and cross-sectoral network. The selection was based on three criteria: innovation, impact, and scalability.

Learn more about the Research process

The Zero Project Conference 2024 (#ZeroCon24)

#ZeroCon24 | February 21-23, 2024

The Zero Project Conference 2024 (#ZeroCon24) will be centred around the Zero Project Awardees and their proven solutions to remove barriers for all.

It is a unique global meeting place to innovate for disability inclusion. Around 1,000 people from 100 countries are invited to attend the annual conference at the United Nations Offices in Vienna (invite-only), and the accessible livestream and on-demand content are set to attract more than 10,000 views.

Explore the Agenda on the #ZeroCon24 conference platform:

Global representation from all sectors of society

“The innovations of the Zero Project Awardees vary in their approaches and the fields they target. What unites them is a solution-oriented mindset towards removing barriers. Through their demonstrated practices, they also have answers for some of the most urgent challenges related to disability inclusion in these times of multiple crises.”

Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation

The 77 Zero Project Awardees come from 43 different countries and from all six continents, with Europe (24 Awardees), Asia & Pacific (23), North America (10), Latin America & Caribbean (11), Africa (6), and Australia & Oceania (3).

The countries with the highest numbers of Awardees are the United States of America (9); India (6); Austria (5); Spain (4); and Australia, Brazil, and Japan (3 each).

All awarded solutions are scalable, with many already operational in several countries. The number of innovations from and implemented on the African continent, is at its highest compared to any previous research cycle, reflecting the significant potential and steadily growing innovation landscape in these countries.

Explore the Zero Project Awardees by world region:


Asia & Pacific

Australia & Oceania


  • Austria: Hospital St. John of God Linz, Upper Austria

    Support for deaf Ukrainian refugees

    Special support for deaf and hard of hearing refugees in sign language, life skills, and job application

  • Austria: Schulzentrum Ungargasse

    Reverse Integration Policy

    A high school prioritizing the admission of students with disabilities

  • Austria: Johannes Kepler University

    Developmental medicine as a compulsory curriculum

    Inclusion of topics concerning developmental disabilities into the medical curriculum of future doctors

  • Austria: Lingvano

    Lingvano App

    A start-up app that reaches more than 1.3 million sign language learners worldwide

  • Belgium: EASPD with UNICEF Regional Office in Geneva and six national partner organizations

    Joint Emergency Early Childhood Development Support for Ukrainian Refugees

    Emergency early childhood intervention supporting over 12,000 Ukrainian refugees 

  • Belgium: Ugani Prosthetics

    Ugani Prosthetics

    Local 3D production of high-quality, low-cost prosthetics in low-income countries

  • Germany: CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission – Kenya Country Office

    CBM Turkana Inclusive Education Project

    Ensure inclusive early childhood care and education in refugee camps and emergencies

  • Hungary: Salva Vita Foundation

    Youth House

    Youth House: Empowering vulnerable young people with disabilities not in education, employment, or training(NEET) 

  • Netherlands: Hable One B.V.

    Hable One

    Enhancing smartphone and tablet accessibility for individuals with visual impairments 

  • Portugal: Cooperative for Inclusion (CECD)

    National System of Early Childhood Intervention (SNIPI)

    A case manager coordinating early intervention support from three ministries

  • Spain: Fundación GoodJob


    Company- and volunteer-based vocational training model for creating inclusive jobs in the IT sector

  • Spain: University of Barcelona together with partner universities in Europe


    European university alliance fostering inclusion by sharing tools and good practices

  • Spain: Fundación ONCE

    Por Talento Digital

    A programme to improve employability of people with disabilities in the digital sector

  • Spain: IRISBOND


    An eye-tracking device for persons with severe disabilities enabling them to communicate via computers and iPads

  • Switzerland: UNICEF

    Giving Voice to Every Child

    UNICEF-based technology project supporting young people with communication impairments

  • Turkey: Değiştiren Adımlar Derneği (DADER)

    Campus of Colours

    Training students to become leaders and innovators in accessibility and inclusion

  • Turkey: Bergama Belediyesi Rahmi Yeşilsoy Engelliler Merkezi

    Accessible Education Systems

    Accessible education systems with audio and tactile inclusive materials

  • Ukraine: CSR Ukraine

    Career Hub Pro: Freelance

    CSR Ukraine creates online-courses to support disabled people’s professional development 

  • Ukraine: Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine

    Unified Information System of the Social Sphere (UISSS)

    A government e-system making social assistance to persons with disabilities available by smartphone

  • UK: Sightsavers with the International Disability Alliance (IDA)

    Inclusive Futures

    How to include regional DPOs in education programmes funded by international development agencies

Latin America & Caribbean

North America

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