Notice Regarding Changes to the Content of the Global Innovation Challenge Living Assistance Robot Contest
As a result of deliberations by the Executive Committee in light of circumstances such as restrictions on outings, business trips, participation in events, etc. by the parties involved and travel restrictions due to the spread of COVID-19 both in Japan and around the world, the content of the Global Innovation Challenge Living Assistance Robot Contest planned to be held in May 2021 in the city of Tsukuba has been changed from a contest to an award format.
Please note that the changes are not intended to alter the Executive Committee’s objective of “conducting activities to support R&D and product-oriented development with the aim of resolving issues for communities and individuals through innovation,” but rather to implement it more effectively and realistically. The main changes are as follows.
①The name of the event has been changed.
Former:Living Assistance Robot Contest
New: Living Assistance Robot Award
②The overall content of the plan (selection criteria, judging system, application method, etc.) has been changed.
Instead of participants attempting tasks at the contest venue, the Executive Committee will visit eligible organizations (self-recommended and screened by the committee) and make its selections based on hearings and demonstrations.
Eligibility for selection will be limited to “robots that help people with paraplegia to walk on their own.”
③The Innovation Center (formerly Tsukuba Municipal Sugama Elementary School) will be used as the location for the award ceremony and demonstrations by the award-winning organizations, instead of as the contest venue.
④The inaugural event has been postponed from May 2021 to September 2021.
*More detailed regulations will be posted to the official website and Facebook page in early August.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused to potential participants.
Global Innovation Challenge Executive Committee