The Touch of Genius Prize was established to recognize an individual or group of individuals who contribute to innovation in the field of tactile literacy for blind people. The Prize can be granted for innovative, accessible computer software, Android applications, iOS applications, or tactile hardware that promotes braille and/or tactile literacy for blind people. The $20,000 prize is provided through support from The Gibney Family Foundation and National Braille Press.
What is tactile literacy?
Braille has been, and remains, the single most significant invention that has led to the literacy of blind people. This prize is focused on literacy through the sense of touch. Tactile literacy implies that individuals who are blind will have greater access to information and learning.
What types of products are the judges looking for when awarding the Prize?
We hope that this Prize fosters new thoughts, new creations, and thinking outside the box that will improve the lives of blind persons. The Prize can be granted for professional software & apps, educational software and apps, gaming software or apps that promote tactile and braille learning, and braille or tactile-related hardware. Read more about previous Touch of Genius winners.
The National Braille Press’s Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation deadline has been extended through January 31st.