These are the accepted submsissions for the INCA Awards 2010:
Access-city is a website, where you can make a request of accessibility for your city.
The website makes the link between the person who is in need and the council, then a dialog can start to solve the problem.
For now, this type of requests can take long and are different according to the city.
We hope that Access-city will increase this type of request, in order that accessibility won’t be a problem anymore.
Url of the application: www.access-city.com
Team members: Dorian OLLIVIER, Pierre-Louis SERRE
A mobile web application to track your energy usage over time. Add the values for your water, gas, electricity, etc. and see how your usage evolves during the year. This can help you plan your heating expenses for example or make hidden costs visible before the high energy bills arrive.
The application will run in any webkit browser (like Apple Safari or Google Chrome) but is intended to run on a smartphone like an iPhone or Android phone. No installation or registration is needed to use the application. The application is open source and free to use.
Url of the application: http://blathy.suffix.be/
Team members: Simon Schoeters
AIRLINER – hand free navigation system / audio drawing app
Build for people with hand, arms deformities, motoric disorders, tremor, Parkinson, multiple sclerosis (MS) and no possibility to use a classic mouse & keyboard navigation system,
The information about airliner has been removed from the website by request of the developer.
Many people (e.g. elderly) will always remain offline. Consequently, they miss many great stuff out on the Internet, stuff they would really enjoy. Wouldn’t it be great to allow them to view this content in a familiar way, offline and on paper?
EmpaperMe is the first to bridge this gap. We allow online family and friends to collaboratively collect content an offline person they care about would really enjoy. From this content, we design and print a personal magazine and deliver it to the letterbox of the offline person.
Accessibility information? We’ll share it on WheelShare.it
The Internet has revolutionized our ways of finding information. A nice restaurant, museum, a nearby bus stop, it’s only a few mouse clicks away. All these kinds of information sources often don’t incorporate accessibility information. This limits the freedom of people with reduced mobility, if they are not sure something is accessible, they probably won’t take the effort to go there and find themselves disappointed.
With wheelshare.it, we offer a community driven website, which incorporates accessibility information of all kinds of places like hotels, pubs, restaurants, museums, etc. This way social inclusion is improved.
Url of the application: http://wheelshare.it/
Team members: Jen Rossey, Pieter De Mil, Jeroen Hoebeke, Inge Schilders and Irma Roosen
Shoppy is a web site and accompanying iPhone app which allows volunteers (shoppers) and people in need to meet. People in need create shopping lists, which volunteers in the neighborhood can pick up and deliver. The package delivery should be a social event.
url of the application: http://www.netwalkapps.com/shoppy
Team members: Tom Nys, Gert Van Nespen, Sandy Cools
This website allows
(i) to create subtitles for a streaming video by synchronising both the text and the video,
(ii) to translate the created subtitle in a variety of languages (the subtitle source can be an XML or SRT file), and
(iii) the visualisation of a streaming video with an imported or created subtitles (supported video sources are Megavideo, Youtube, or Dailymotion).
This website can be useful for
(i) people who would like to broaden the public for one of their videos, by adding translated subtitles,
(ii) people having a subtitle for a video (ex. in English) and would like to translate it to their mother tongue, and
(iii) hearing-impaired people who would like to understand the content of a video by means of a translated subtitle.
url of the application: http://www.substream.be
team members: Geoffroy Cruxifix, Silvia Garcia-Diez
More demo video’s: http://www.substream.be/demo-fr.html
FeedSpeaker helps blind people experience the Internet by enabling them to do what most of us take for granted – instantly access the latest news stories around the world by navigating only with their voice. It combines state of the art open source speech recognition solutions with geocoded semantic data access from hundreds of real-time news sources around the Web. FeedSpeaker is the first of its kind and hopefully a glimpse of the future. It’s a browser-based mashup that requires no installation, doesn’t cost anything and is accessible from anywhere and anytime by people with visual disabilities and without them alike.
url of the application: http://www.feedspeaker.com
Team members: Veljko Sekelj
FeedSpeaker.com requires only the latest Flash Player plugin to run. Please make sure you’ve granted the app sufficient rights to access your microphone – and then that your microphone and speakers are turned on. Its a prototype so please pronounce words clearly and don’t get mad if it doesn’t understand something Have fun using it!
In some African countries, wages are low and the price of a subscription to Internet is high. Millions of Africans can’t afford it and are excluded from the World Wide Web. And when they can, their internet bandwidth and quota are low.
By automatically generating a simplified version of websites, Surflight helps for free inhabitants of such countries to surf without having to wait for a while between each page. Each time you visit a website without Surflight, lots of files are downloaded without your agreement. Browsing lightened websites is faster and really cheaper if your download quota isn’t unlimited!
Url of the application: http://www.blocnotesenligne.com/surflight/
Team members: Xavier de Ryckel
You can find how to use Surflight and more information about it here: http://www.blocnotesenligne.com/surflight/description.php.
Note that Surflight removes each image from a page to lighten it, but images are replaced by a tag “[IMG]” to allow people to download the image only if they want to. And if they like the page and that they want to see the real page, they can do it too by clicking on “Link to the full version of this page”.
To get an idea about how low is the average download speed in some countries, visit http://www.speedtests.net/world/. As you can see, the difference between the “best” and the “worst” download rate is very huge! And don’t forget that lots of people are below the average and that internet connection prices for the same download speed are not the same at all in each country!
Weight and time are money ! Check the difference between the lightened version of a website from Surflight and the original page by using this website : http://websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/.
For example, paste this url http://www.blocnotesenligne.com/surflight/index.php?url=inca-award.eu (the light version of http://inca-award.eu) in front of “Enter URL to diagnose:”, follow the steps and look at results : the total size is about 4000 bytes and it takes only less than 1 second to be fully loaded with a very slow connection speed (128k).
Now, try again with http://inca-award.eu : the total size is about 600000 bytes and it takes about 50 seconds to be fully loaded with the same connection speed (128k) !
People who use Surflight will be able to surf on more websites for less money !