International Braille Contest
International Braille Contest took place for the first time in Prague in 2010. Since that time international participants meet regularly to decide the most proficient Braille user of electronic devices in Europe.
The contestants compete in three disciplines: editing, writing from dictation and reading. They use electronic Braillers (EasyLink 12 or BraillePen 12 and other) connected to smartphones or (earlier) PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). The competition in 2020 attracted participants from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.
The contest is a periodic event. The editions in 2010, 2011 and 2013 gathered participants from the Czech Republic and Poland, while in 2016 contestants from Slovakia and in 2018 Hungarian participants joined as well.
The contest has become a must-attend event for many visually impaired persons. It is a meeting area for the organisers and contestants and a great opportunity to tighten the bonds of friendship, while learning new technologies and sharing experiences and visiting interesting places.
International Braille Contest 2020
The sixth edition of the Contest was planned to be organized within the project titled “International Braille Contest 2020 for the Visegrad blind community” and similarly to the 2016 and 2018 editions, it was supported by the International Visegrad Fund.
The project aim is to strengthen the cooperation between NGOs from V4 countries, acting for the benefit of the blind and to create a meeting area for blind citizens of V4 countries by organizing the International Braille Contest. The contest promotes education and common use of Braille alphabet among the V4 blind community and contributes to improving their skills of using the tactile reading and writing system with aid of novel ICT solutions.
The International Braille Contest 2020 for blind persons was planned to be organised by four NGOs from V4 countries, acting for the benefit of the visually impaired community:
The final event was planned to be held in May 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. However, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the final of the International Braille Contest was postponed until April 15th, 2021, also in Budapest. It would be preceded by national qualifying rounds organised in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (the Hungarian partner managed to complete the qualifying round in March 2020).
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and restrictions introduced in the countries of the project's Partners, the final of the Contest cannot take place even in 2021, which resulted in premature termination of the project.