Monday, 31 March 2008

ONCE International Research and Development Award in New Technologies for The Blind and Visually Impaired

ONCE has announced the Fifth International Research and Development Award in New Technologies for The Blind and Visually Impaired. Held every two years, the award aims to promote technological developments that make a substantial contribution to facilitating the integration and normality in the lives of blind and visually impaired people.The prize money (€240,000) is intended to contribute to the development of quality projects that are proven to be viable and likely to promote significant advances in engineering, artificial intelligence, computing, telecommunications, micro-technology and nanoelectronics, particularly in the fields indicated in the announcement. Entries should be received before 5 September 2008. Previous winning projects were from Spain (4th year), United States (3rd year), Sweden (2nd year) and the UK (1st year). Detailed information is published in English on the ONCE website: The 5th ONCE International Research and Development Award in New Technologies for The Blind and Visually Impaired

ONCE and Fundosa Group Serving Hospitals

ONCE and Fundosa Group (of which Technosite is a part) seem to be thriving. I went to the hospital this morning for a checkup. As I went in the door people were buying their lottery tickets from the ONCE seller. In the hall there's a small shop selling newspapers and magazines and gift items for people to take when they go to visit patients on the wards. The shop is run by Galenas, a chain that's part of the Fundosa Group. As I leave the building and cross the street, a van goes by, “Sistemas Integrados Sanitarios” another Fundosa company that provides services for processing and disposal of health sector waste.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Easter Week in Spain

It's Easter Week (Semana Santa or Holy Week in Spanish). It's a holiday here on Thursday and Friday. For the other three days hre at Technosite we work a continuous timetable (like in Summer) from 8am through till 3pm, and then go home for lunch. Traditionally this allows everyone to get ready for the religious processions, but I have my doubts about how much that still holds true. I'm off to London this afternoon for the Powder Stakeholder Event tomorrow where I'll be speaking about the Powder Accessibility Use Cases and the MobileOK Pro meeting on Wednesday. You can find more information on what's on in Madrid this week at the Madrid City Council's Easter Week page.