What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?
The main problem is that the income from the finger spelling corses is not enough for the maintenance of the office, and for the salary of the employees and for the project management.
If I could manage to live from the grant and I do not have to find an other job, I would try to find more supporters and to apply for grants. I might put emphasis on the online communication and PR of the foundation.
Our long term goal is to analyse other finger spelling language families in order to make comparable all these languages.
How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?
Nowdays the smartphones, internet and chatting opportunities are spreading all over the world and we consider that our solution is taking advantage of the new trends, it utilizes the information technology and it adapts to the changing environment. The smartphones will not go out of style so our solution will not be unfashionable in the next years.
Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?
We believe that if the new services, homepage will be launched and we form a communication strategy the project wont fail. The only solution in order to reach our goals is to gain grant for the maintenance of the foundation. In the longterm, if the project will work we plan to cooperate with public entities in order to get continuous support, governmental help from them.
Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding
Nowdays we always check grant opportunities and we are continuously apply for them. I thing the civil sector will strenthen in the next few years, the companies and also the public sector will support more the NGO-s, ther will be more and more possibilities in order to gain money. In the long term, when the interpreter service is launched we can agree with telecommunication companies as we generate income for them, so they will support our company, too.
Tell us about your partnerships
The results of the project is integrated in the local and regional environment as it is free, anybody can use. Further plan is to process the Hungarian seven dialects during which we cooperate with the Public Foundation for Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities and also volunteers help to realize our events.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?
The staff is the following:
Pal Bartos-president of the Foundation, IT specialist, project manager
Petke Lajos,Csömör Károly-finger spelling teachers and interpreters
Tasnádi Sándor-IT specialist
Halász Péter-communication expert
We tried to form a staff that has all the competences that is needed for the sign videorecording and teaching the finger spelling, for IT support and IT management of the videos, spots, for managing the projects and also for the foundation's communications. At events 10-15 volunteers help us in order to 'send our message'.
Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply
Investment, Marketing or media.
Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply
Human resources or talent, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list
As we have already made some researches regarding the HUngarian finger spellingdialects we are happy to share these information. As there not many webpages in Europe dealing with finger spelling dictionary if there is a need for developing a homepage we are ready to share our experiences in order to serve the best all the hard of hearing people in Europe.