Global Innovation Challenge Life Support
Robot Contest

Purpose of this contest is accelerating the development and productization of technical assistance systems for people with paralysis of the lower half of the body to complete activities of daily living without a wheelchair and caregiver’s support same as physically unimpaired people.

A house assuming a single living home will be installed in indoor venue. People with paralysis compete each other and challenge everyday activities using technical assistance systems that they and their team have developed together.

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Global Innovation
Challenge 2020
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1 ,000,000 USD
Total Prize

Prizes are set for each task, and teams that accomplished the task will be awarded the prize. Total amount of the prizes will be 1,000,000 US dollars.
Based on the hypothesis, an expensive prize is necessary to collect outstanding practical ideas and technologies widely at world level.
When each team improves themselves through competition, technological development will be accelerated.

Contest Tasks

10 everyday activities will be set as contest tasks.
Technical assistance systems can be any types, such as a robot capable of carrying an individual,
an exoskeleton robot and a FES robot.

  • bathroom

    Going to bathroom in the middle of the night

    Tasks

    1. 1. Getting out of bed and moving to the bathroom
    2. 2. Using the bathroom
    3. 3. Going back to the bed
  • delivery box

    Receiving a delivery box

    Tasks

    1. 1. Answering an intercom
    2. 2. Moving to the entrance
    3. 3. Receiving a package
    4. 4. Putting the package in the fridge
  • bath

    Taking a bath

    Tasks

    1. 1. Taking off clothes and soaking in the bath
    2. 2. Taking a shower and wash body
    3. 3. Wiping body
    4. 4. Putting on clothes and drying hair

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Contest Period

September 12-14, 2020

Contest Venue

Tsukuba, Ibaraki Pref., Japan

Schedule to 2020

  • ● December 23th 2019: Prior information session
  • ● April 2020: Contest venue completed
  • ● July 2020: Application deadline
  • ● September 2020: First contest will be held

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FAQ

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Concept and Current Issues

  • ・People with paralysis of the lower half of the body, resulting from aging, diseases or accidents, requiring assistance from caregivers in their everyday lives will increase not only in Japan, but also worldwide.
  • ・More than 100,000 people leave their jobs for nursing care every year in Japan, and this causes decrease in number of especially female workers. In addition, hiring a professional caregiver increases a financial burden of the household.
  • ・The fact that people with paralysis of the lower half of the body need caregiver’s assistance on a daily basis could be a mental burden and restrict their activities.
  • ・Investment to develop a technical assistance system for people with disabilities is limited since companies do not usually invest on social issues where profit can not be expected.

Goals

  • ・Accelerating the development and productization of technical assistance systems for people with paralysis of the lower half of the body to complete activities of daily living without a wheelchair and caregiver’s support same as physically unimpaired people.
  • ・Preventing an outflow of prominent Japanese technologies overseas and expecting further technology improvements by getting inspired by world’s superior technologies.

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