Traditionally recognition and rewards have had an important role in the development of employees and organizations. Recognition motivates positive behavior among employees and helps organizations reach their cultural and business goals.
At Assistive Technology Foundation (ATF) we have taken a leaf from recognition and rewards of organizations to help develop the ecosystem. We recognize the contributions of various organizations in their development of the ecosystem and in doing so accelerate the development of the ecosystem. Because we believe that the maturation of an ecosystem is like raising the level of water in a lake, so all boats rise. The tech startup sector after several decades of nurturing has produced unicorns, IPOs and healthy funding. ATF, with its various initiatives, hopes that Assistive Technology space will find its stride in a shorter time.
I believe ATF Awards is one such initiative of ATF that has the potential to accelerate the growth of the Assistive Technology sector.
To honor the impact made by startups and enablers, ATF (in partnership with Titan) designed the trophy that’s inspired by implementations of concepts of Japanese and Buddhist philosophy along with the theme of minimalism. A japanese philosophy called “Wabi- Sabi ‘’ was the elementary theme, which means finding beauty in the imperfections. Wabi-sabi is the view or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature. It is about the aesthetic of things in existence that are “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Moreover, another concept that was used in structuring the trophy was the basic principles of Buddhism that is embracing impermanence, suffering and absence of self. The design was minimalist with a major element of “Kintsugi’’, through the cracks that are seen as assets rather than flaws.
ATF Awards aims to spotlight and reward achievers in the area of assistive technology. I strongly encourage any and all stakeholders including startups, Govt. Organizations, Educational Institutions, Corporates (CSR), NGOs and Assistive Technology Investors to take up the opportunity for recognition and apply for the awards. To know more about ATF Awards 2022, visit https://atflabs.org/atf-awards-2022/