“Global Innovation Challenge 2023” Inviting participants in the “Living Assistance Robot Competition” designed to help people with disabilities “walk freely”
Tokyo, November 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Innovation Challenge Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as the “GIC Executive Committee”) is based on Tokyo We are pleased to announce the “Global Innovation Challenge 2023 Living Assistance Robot Competition” (hereinafter referred to as the “GIC Competition”), which will be held next year at the “GIC Tsukuba Innovation Center” in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japanto award total prize money of USD1,000,000,
Competition will be held in May-June 2023 Aiming to support researchers and developers around the world to bring innovative tools that enable people with disabilities to “walk freely” to those in wheelchairs.
without the caregiver’s assistance, and to use their residual functions.
For the purpose of this contest, independent walking is defined as the ability of a person with a disability such as a paralysis to walk without the assistance of others or without the use of a wheelchair.Entries will be accepted until March 31, 2023
, before the competition. The organizer is looking forward to receiving many applications from the concerned people. For details, please refer to the application guidelines on the official website.
The number of people in need of assistance in their daily lives due to aging, illness or accidents is increasing around the world. While both caregivers and assisted living are subject to many mental, physical and financial burdens, the development of robots for the wellness sector is an area that is difficult to invest in as the market is not large enough.
The development of public infrastructure and the promotion of barrier-free access has made it possible for people with limited mobility to live their daily lives alone while having a wheelchair, but they still face limitations in their activities outside of a well-developed environment. We do. The organizer believes that the walking support robot that can be used both indoors and outdoors without worrying about barrier-free access will enable people with disabilities to enjoy their lives more and more.
The GIC competition is being organized with the aim of enabling people in wheelchairs for people with disabilities, such as paralysis of the lower limbs, to “walk independently” without human assistance, to use their remaining functions, Through the development of innovative equipment.
Comment from GIC Executive Committee Chairman Tatsufumi Kamimura: “This will be the second time the competition has been held. In 2021, the competition was to be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the next competition will be held in spring 2023. GIC Tsukuba Innovation Center It will be held in the U.S., in a competition area that will resemble a simple house. Committee members are eager to see what new technologies will be created this time around. We look forward to receiving more entries from many countries.” Global Innovation Challenge 2023 Living Assistance Robot Competition OutlineCompetition Venue: GIC Tsukuba Innovation Center (877 Naka-Sugama, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture300-4242
Organizer: Global Innovation Challenge Executive Committee
* It is managed with the advice of experts in the field of Medical Wellness, Sports for Disabled, Robotics etc.
Special Sponsor: TKF Inc.
Sponsor: JTB Corp.
Cooperative: Tsukuba City Subsidiaries: Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd., SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
Total Prize Money:
For more information about the competition, please visit:
https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/2022211019056-O1-TEp97bO5.pdfSource Global Innovation Challenge Executive Committee
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