Non-profit association, Associação Salvador, is promoting the Ser Capaz Research & Technology Award to further research work in psychomotor rehabilitation. Project collaborators include YDreams, faculty from Universidade do Algarve, and sponsors Semapa and BES.
The public awards ceremony will take place at 18h30 on the 21st of February, at Espaço BES Arte & Finança, in Lisbon’s Marquês de Pombal Square.
Associação Salvador defends and fights for the rights and interests of disabled people, with special emphasis on fostering integration into society, promoting handicap accessibility, road safety awareness, and research and technology.
Well aware of the importance of research and how it impacts their cause, the Association is striving to stimulate research in the field of psycho-motor rehabilitation by promoting the “Ser Capaz – Research & Technology” award.
The prize, awarded annually, finances projects for the development of products, instruments, technologies, methodologies, equipment or technical systems that prevent, compensate for, or serve the special needs of people with motor deficiencies.
António Câmara, YDreams CEO, Salvador Mendes de Almeida, Associação Salvador’s Founder and President and Fernando Lobo, a professor at Universidade do Algarve, comprised the jury, which elected the following winners from amongst the various entries submitted in the awards first edition in 2010.
A first prize of 7.000€ went to João Pedro Silva Leite and João Pedro Ferreira for their “Walk HD” Project. The project consists of a prosthetic device that ‘grows’ at the same rate as child amputees, thereby cutting back on the number of times these children need to change prostheses during their childhood years.
Two Honorable Mentions of 1.500€ each were also attributed to Luis Alexandre and Diogo Correia for their “Aid for Reaching Objects” device, and to Flávio Rosa Soares for his “Simon Project”, a wheelchair activated system that automatically turns lights off and on as the person leaves or enters a room.