Transport for London launched Accessible App competition (UK)

By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Transport for London (TfL) has launched a competition to develop an app which improves accessibility of London's transport system.
TfL is looking for developers to build on recent innovations in accessible travel applications, and to utilise the growing number of data sources with accessibility data information. The question is if someone can create an app that offers users the richest possible experience of real-time information in London?

Many bus and rail passengers are unable to use conventional means of accessing real-time public transport information because they encounter physical or communication barriers.

Apps are fast proving they can deliver great results by using simple features to help disabled people receive information, communicate and navigate. This is a great opportunity to come up with an innovative app that makes a significant difference to the way disabled people travel in London.

The primary objective is to focus the functionality around the needs of the passenger group. Blind or partially sighted passengers, deaf or hearing impaired passengers and those with learning or motor difficulties could all benefit from the clever use of phone functions, good design and useful features to access our services.

Older people who find conventional information challenging may also benefit from a design that allows minimal interaction, easy route planning, simple navigation and journey guidance.

Developers may want to focus on an app that benefits one particular group, or one that neatly addresses the needs of several groups, and developers might want to use other data feeds to provide additional features.

TfL's partner in this competition, OneVoice ICT, has published The Seven Steps to Accessible Mobile Apps, a document that will give a clear idea of what the judges are looking for in an accessible app.

The competition is designed to encourage an increase in the number of apps focused on passengers with accessibility needs. The judges are able to consider a range of approaches and will be awarding prizes in categories such as:

  • Demonstrating simplicity
  • Delivering innovation
  • Meeting the needs of specific groups
  • Meeting the needs of several groups through one solution
  • Effective use of specialist features.

There will also be a discretionary judges' award.

Entries needs to be submitted by Friday 30 August 2013 via the online application form to submit your entry.

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