Wednesday, 20th December 2017: In 2015, we at NOWPDP embarked on a journey to design a model of a cycle that was accessible to persons with physical impairment to increase their mobility. This led to NOWPDP launching a nation-wide design challenge where more than 150 registrations were received. Out of many entries, our jury selected a design by an Abbottabad-based product designer, Taufeeq Diju.
The winning design was later constructed and this prototype was tested in local conditions for several months. After fine-tuning the prototypes, we finally sent them to D-Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh for technical testing. Based on their feedback, our team will make the necessary changes (if needed) before we move to produce these accessible cycles in Pakistan for persons with lower-limb impairments.
We want to express the utmost gratitude for our partners and each individual who was there to help NOWPDP in this process. We are specially thankful to Bank Alfalah for being the main sponsor, Engro Foundation for being the gold sponsor, Toyota Pakistan for sponsoring the prize money, TCS for sponsoring dispatch of these prototypes, Automobile Corporation of Pakistan for being design implementation partner, and The Tree House for their constant support. We are also thankful to MIT and University of Pittsburgh for their kind assistance.