Zero Project Call for Nominations 2025

#ZeroCall25 Topics: Employment and ICT

Opens May 8, 2024

 

Nominating for a Zero Project Award 2025

The Zero Project Call for Nominations 2025 (#ZeroCall25) calls on innovative, impactful, and scalable solutions from around the world to submit their nominations for a Zero Project Award. Becoming a Zero Project Awardee opens doors, opportunities, and promotional channels with the support of the global Zero Project Network of more than 10,000+ experts and through exclusive initiatives to advance innovations for disability inclusion.

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About the Call for Nominations

#ZeroCall25 opens on May 8, 2024 and will be centered around the topics of Employment and ICT. The Zero Project encourages nominations from all countries and all sectors of society – policy makers, startups, academia, civil society, businesses – and especially, those relating to multiple or severe disabilities, humanitarian action, gender equality, the arts, sexual orientation, psychosocial disabilities, or other multiple disadvantaged groups.

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Why nominate for #ZeroCall25?


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, CEO The Valuable 500

Becoming a Zero Project Awardee opens doors, opportunities, and promotional channels: Zero Project Awardees receive support from the global Zero Project Network of 10,000+ experts, feature at the annual Zero Project Conference at the UN in Vienna, and get the opportunity to join exclusive initiatives to advance their solutions. Explore some of the opportunites here below:

Zero Project Conference 2025

Each Awardee is invited to showcase their solution at #ZeroCon25, hosted on the grounds at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. The Zero Project Conference has become a unique global meeting place to innovate for disability inclusion. 

Zero Project Network

Awardees receive access to the global Zero Project Network of 10,000+ experts, which includes leading organizations, such as the United Nations, international organizations, governments, multinational corporations, international funding agencies, foundations, and globally active non-government organizations.

Zero Project Report

Each Awardee is incorporated into the Zero Project publication line, which consists of respective annual reports, sector reports, and other publications.

Zero Project Database

Each Awardee is incorporated into the Zero Project Database, which is a public utility to search through 800+ innovative solutions and connect with innovators.

Zero Project Scaling Solutions

A programme designed to support innovators in transferring and advancing solutions in new countries or regions. It's a joint initiative by the Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme, GIZ, Atos, and Inclusive Creation.

Zero Project Technology Forum

An exclusive event set up specifically to support the rapid scaling of proven disability innovation solutions, by matching innovators with potential partners and investors. A joint initiative with Unicredit Bank Austria, Google, Microsoft, and The Seneca Trust.

Regional partners

Through its strategic regional partnerships with Fundación Descúbreme for Latin America, Youth4Jobs and Enable India for India, and SG Enable in Singapore, the Zero Project supports innovation processes and builds bridges between the global disability inclusion community and innovators from these respective world regions.

How to nominate for #ZeroCall25

Join the #ZeroCall25  info webinar!

The Zero Project Team will answer your questions about the nomination process:

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | 14:00-15:00 CEST

Register here

Selection process

From May 8, 2024 to June 16, 2024, nominations can be submitted via the #ZeroCall25 Nomination Platform. The link to the platform will be published on this website on May 8, 2024.

The nomination form will take around two hours to complete. To preview the type of questions that are part of the nomination form, please see the “Resources” section. The form will be available in a number of languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.

Nominations will be evaluated in an extensive multi-step process: #ZeroCall25 is based on a research-driven approach that aims to identify, curate, and share inclusive solutions, as intended and encouraged by Article 32 of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

In order to achieve this objective, the Zero Project engages with a worldwide cross-sectoral network of innovators, decision-makers, and disability experts. Both the research and selection processes involve and rely on the expertise of people with lived experience of disabilities. Nominations will be manually assessed, fact-checked and reviewed by the Zero Project team, peer-reviewers and experts of the Zero Project Network.

Employment and ICT

The Zero Project's research topics are based on the UN CRPD's definition of rights of persons with disabiltities and seek innovative solutions to advance their implementation. #ZeroCall25 calls on innovators around the world to submit their nominations of innovative solutions that remove barriers for Inclusive Employment, or through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). 

Click on one of the cards here below to learn more about the topic definition.

  • Employment

    Article 27 of the CRPD addresses Work and Employment and informs this year's #ZeroCall25 selection process. The topic covers many different areas, such as supported employment, vocational training, entrepreneurship, micro-finance, work and employment in the Arts, and more. 

    Learn more about the topic definition.

  • ICT

    Information and Communication Technologies have become increasingly important for persons with disabilities. This topic covers a whole range of solutions, including web accessibility, 3D printing, AI, and other applications. ICT is part of every Zero Project Call for Nominations. 

    Click to find out more about the topic.

Selection criteria

The Zero Project Call for Nominations is open to innovative solutions from all countries and all sectors of society

The #ZeroCall25 research topics are Employment and ICT. Nominations must be submitted for one of these two topics. To ensure that your nomination falls within the scope of #ZeroCall25, please read carefully through the criteria here below. The Zero Project's methodology is based on a 4-year cycle of research topics. Therefore, nominations that work primarily in the fields of education, independent living & political participation or general accessibility will not be considered as part of #ZeroCall25.

The #ZeroCall25 selection process is centered around three main criteria: Innovation, Impact, and Scalability:

  • Innovation

    The nominated solution will have demonstrated to be innovative and effective in removing barriers for persons with disabilties. The research takes into account the local context, geographies, and groups of beneficiaries.

  • Impact

    The impact of a particular solution could refer to the number of beneficiaries or people using a service, the solution’s growth rate, or the influence on improved public services, among others. Any selected solution must have been deployed and have already had an impact; the selection process does not consider projects or products at a concept stage.

  • Scalability

    All nominations are reviewed for their potential in replicating and expanding to new geographies or growing in another way that allows a maximum number of persons with disabilities to benefit from the innovation. Among the 800+ solutions that have been awarded since 2013, scalability has been indeed multifaceted, ranging from open-source applications to the replication of effective policies, to the expansion of inclusive start-up solutions to new countries.

What are the minimum requirements for being considered in the selection process? 

  • Actual work on the ground has to have happened. This means that purely academic research, publications, declarations or ideas about how to better solve issues, or protoypes will not be considered. Projects that are advocacy campaigns will also not be considered.
  • Nominations will have to be operational and sustainable. If there is a planned end (as for example in some grant-funded projects schemes), there has to be a clear plan for continuation. 
  • Nominations that do not respect the Articles of the UN CRPD or general human rights principles (e.g. discriminating against ethnic or other minorities because of religion, language etc.) will not be considered.
  • Nominations need to provide factual information about the organisation's and solution's work, size, growth and outcome/impact.

Do you have further questions?

The Zero Project has put together various resources to support innovators in nominating their solutions for #ZeroCall25:

View #ZeroCall25 resources

 

 

#ZeroCall25 timeline

May 8, 2024: #ZeroCall25 opens

Nominations can be submitted via the #ZeroCall25 nomination platform.

May 14, 2024: Info webinar

The Zero Project Team will answer questions about #ZeroCall25

June 16, 2024: #ZeroCall25 closes

Nominations will not be accepted after this date.

Jun-Oct 2024: Selection process

Extensive multi-step process including peer-review and fact-checking

December 3, 2024: Zero Project Awardee Announcement

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

February 2025: Zero Project Conference 2025

Zero Project Awardees will present at #ZeroCon25 at the UN in Vienna, Austria

#ZeroCall25 resources

The Zero Project has put together various resources to support innovators in nominating their solutions for #ZeroCall25:

Public info webinar

May 14, 2024 | 14:00-15:00 CEST | Click to register for the MS Teams webinar!

1-1 Consultation Calls

Individual calls with Zero Project Team members. Details will be shared soon.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about #ZeroCall25

Nomination form preview

Preview the type of questions in the nomination form.

#ZeroCall25 Infosheet

Download and share a PDF summary of #ZeroCall25.

Discover Zero Project Awardees!

Here are just three examples of innovative solutions for inclusive employment that previously received a Zero Project Award.