Online Paper Wins Light the Hope Contest

Seventeen of the 54 entries in the ICT Light the Hope Contest won prizes for their creators at the awards presentation last Wednesday.

Trinh Cong Thanh (right) at the prize-giving ceremony

In the section for handicapped creators, Trinh Cong Thanh won the first prize and US$3,125 for his online newspaper for handicapped people.

His website at contains dozens of articles and stories about handicapped people and provides the latest information about inventions and products geared towards them.

“I hope my website draws lots of handicapped people because I believe it has much to offer them,” Thanh said.

The second prize was awarded for Vietnamese speaking software, while two consolation prizes went to bill-identifying software and a guitar tuition book for blind people.

In the section for ICT products for the handicapped, a group in Ho Chi Minh City won the first prize for their speech and lip-reading manual for deaf children. Second prize in this section was for the cellphone message speaking software Voice Message.

The third prize winners were AMIS (Agricultural Market Information System), the Sao Mai Forum and Talk Helper software, while software to help deaf children study geography scored a consolation prize.

A special award went to the Ho Chi Minh City Tax Office, the Tia Sang Center and PWD Soft Company for helping handicapped people integrate into the community.

Many students volunteered to assist the handicapped people attending the award presentation. 

Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by Hoang Uy

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