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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can submit an idea?
    • Anyone living with cerebral palsy, or friends, family and supporters of someone living with cerebral palsy.

  • I’m not 18 yet, can I submit an idea?
    • Yes but get your parents or a guardian to submit the idea on your behalf.

  • Can I submit more than one idea?
    • Yes. There is no limit to the number of ideas you submit.

  • What kind of ideas can I submit? 
    • Your idea (or ideas) must be original. So do a little research before you submit your idea to make sure it doesn’t already exist. It can be for a product, app, system or piece of software. Any technology that can help improve the mobility, communication, future of work, inclusivity of play, accessibility of homes and communities for people living with a disability.

  • Does my idea need to be fully developed? 
    • No. You don’t need to have all the mechanics of your idea figured out. It’s still very valuable to submit something that provides insight into a problem or your currently unmet needs. This could inspire the solution in someone else! And remember no idea is too small, sometimes it's the small things that make the greatest impact.

  • What do you mean by accessible technology?
    • Accessible technology refers to technology that is universally designed so it can be accessed by all users. Its design considers the broad range of different abilities and disabilities. 

  • What is the difference between accessible technology and assistive technology?
    • Assistive technology refers to systems, devices and products that are used to maintain or improve functional capabilities or independence of individuals with a disability. Some examples of assistive technology include hearing aids, wheelchair devices, communication aids and prostheses. 

  • How will the winner be decided? How does the judging panel assess the ideas?
    • The public will vote on their favourite ideas from all eligible entries received on the website. The top 10 ideas receiving the most votes at the end of the voting period will be shortlisted for the judges’ assessment. The judging panel will assess these ideas based on the need, impact, reach and marketability.

  • Will I be contacted if my idea is shortlisted?
    • No. However, all ideas will be displayed on the website in the “Gallery of Ideas” page. This will also show the number of votes each idea has received.

  • Who are the judges on the panel reviewing the ideas?
    • The judging panel will comprise of 8 representatives with lived and professional expertise of; Cerebral Palsy, Medical Research, Biomedical engineering, Accessible technology innovation, Marketing and Communications of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. 

  • How will the winner be contacted?
    • The winner will be contacted via email. The email you provide when submitting your idea via the website. 

  • I submitted my idea but I can’t see it on the website?
    • When the ideas are submitted they are reviewed by our team to ensure it is appropriate to publish on the website. You will receive an email once it’s been approved and added to the website.

  • I don’t have an idea, can I still be involved with the campaign?
    • Don’t have an idea? No worries, there are still several ways to be involved in the World Cerebral Palsy Day campaign this year. 
      • Tell others about the campaign
      • Have a brainstorming session with your friends, family or colleagues
      • Help us shortlist the ideas. Look at the other ideas here and vote for your favourite one. You can vote from 29 September 2022 (UTC 6am) until 6 October 2022 (UTC 11pm).

  • I’m working on my idea with a friend, can I do a joint submission?
    • It’s great to collaborate with others. In the submission form you can add more than one name ie. “Name 1 and Name 2”.   If the winning entry was submitted as a group entry, the group will be contacted via the email address submitted with the entry. How the prize money is distributed within the group is at the group’s discretion.

  • My idea was rejected, why?
    • We will reject ideas submitted to the website if it looks like spam, uses inappropriate language and / or is promoting an existing business or product.