ITU and International Paralympic Committee open registration for IPTV app challenge

The 3rd ITU IPTV Application Challenge is asking coders to apply their creativity in challenging the definition of disability. Register here to secure your right to participate in a competition to conclude with an app showcase and award ceremony at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The Challenge is organized by ITU in partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and is in search of innovative IPTV apps for a better quality of life.

As highlighted in an IPC Press Release, the Challenge’s promotion of novel IPTV ideas will raise awareness of the importance of multimedia and multimodal audiovisual accessibility, in parallel assisting ITU’s standardization work in this arena.

Entrants and interested supporters can keep in tune with the Challenge through IPC and ITU social media, receiving advance notice of key dates and deadlines as well as any guidance required over the course of the competition.

Participation in the Challenge is free of charge and open to all. The innovations uncovered will feed into ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia), the expert group leading ITU’s international standardization work to improve the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The Challenge is calling for apps running over Recommendation ITU-T H.762’s Lightweight Interactive Multimedia Environment (LIME) for interactive IPTV services and ITU-T H.761’s Nested Context Language (NCL) and Ginga-NCL. Optionally, entrants may employ ITU-T H.763.1’s cascading style sheets for IPTV services or ITU-T H.764’s IPTV services enhanced script language.

There are two phases to the Challenge. A Call for Concept Notes will precede an implementation phase. The best proposals put forward will be selected as the finalists, charged with building their envisioned IPTV apps with the aid of the Challenge’s technical supporters, among others, OKI Electric Industry (OKI), Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

Individuals and small-to-medium enterprises (profit or non-profit) with fewer than 50 employees are competing for a first prize of USD 5,000.

Large corporates or public-sector organizations are invited to compete for a non-cash award.

All participants are eligible for awards of additional honourable mentions.

Key dates:

  • Registration:  1 August 2014 – 30 November 2014 (12:00 CET)
  • Submission period: 16 November 2014 – 15 January 2015 (12:00 CET)

Learn more about the 3rd ITU IPTV Application challenge

Accessibility work in ITU-T seeks to mainstream the inclusion of accessibility features in ICT policy, technologies and standards.

Accessible audiovisual media is crucial to social inclusion and indispensable to persons with disabilities in achieving full participation in modern life. Standardized IPTV solutions are the route to the benefits of interoperability and scale. Standards lower costs to encourage greater mainstreaming of accessibility features in AV media, and a standards-based AV ecosystem nourishes competition to increase the choice and diversity of AV media on the market.

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