Call For Entries Innovation Competition $5,000 Award!
Earn a prize for a new technology or idea that will benefit the Wearable Robotics Industry.
Do you have an innovative idea or technology that may transform human capability? Throw it to the VCs!
The Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA) is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in wearable robotic technology for its inaugural Innovation Competition. The winner of the WearRAcon 16 Innovation Competition will receive international recognition and $5,000 to support development and commercialization of the technology.
Upload your 30 second video, which will be publically available for viewing on wearablerobotics.com, and concept paper by December 15, 2015. The review committee will select as many as ten finalists. All finalists will be invited to present their product concepts or candidates at WearRAcon 16, February 10-12 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ. The winning entry will be selected through live voting by conference attendees and a panel of judges representing industry, government, academia, and corporate executives. The project considered to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference, and will receive $5,000 to accelerate the new technology.
Examples of novel concepts:
- “Unpowered ankle exoskeleton takes a load off calf muscles to improve walking efficiency” by Steve Collins and Greg Sawicki
The proposal must include information about intellectual property and the development outline with milestones for deliverables. Explain the potential impact on the wearable robotics community, as well as significance of this concept as an advancement for the industry.
Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can accelerate any step along the path to market.
Applicants may reside in any country. No specific background or experience is required.
Finalists must register and attend WearRAcon 16
Instructions for the Submission:
Proposal Content (30 second video and proposal NTE 4 pages)
- Submit a YouTube link to your video, not to exceed 60 seconds
- Include title of the project, at a minimum, in the video
- WearRA reserves the rights to delete any videos deemed inappropriate which include offensive language, sexual images and themes, hazardous situations, and violence
- WearRA will make the video publically accessible, therefore, plan accordingly in terms of IP protection
- Videos will remain on the website until the conclusion of WearRAcon 16
- Title of proposed project (maximum 50 characters)
- Leader (name, title, affiliation, address, telephone, email address)
- Key collaborators (names, titles, affiliations)
- Brief summary of project goals and plans/approaches (not to exceed 350 characters)
- Focus specifically on what your project would bring to the wearable robotics industry
- Brief description of what is unique about the project. If it is competitive to any existing product or service, please describe how your project compares to any competitor (500 characters)
- Detailed description of how you plan to accomplish the overall plan (750 characters)
- Estimated steps/milestones/timeline to reach customers
- Go/No Go decision points
- Brief description of intellectual property position and potential for commercialization: investment potential and likelihood of ongoing funding support to customers (500 characters)
- Anticipated total budget and outline of what a prize of $5,000 will allow you to accomplish
- YouTube link of 30 second video, not to exceed 60 seconds
- Must not exceed 4 pages, inclusive of all information listed above, minimum 10 point font
- Convert document to a PDF and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A confirmation email will be replied to upon receipt of your submission. If you have not received confirmation, please call: (757) WEARRA-7.
Review: Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:
- Potential benefit and appeal to people within the wearable robotics community
- Likelihood of Development: Investment potential and consideration of ongoing funding support
- Intellectual Property Strategy and Status: Freedom to operate
- Timeframe and probability of success
- Overall Impression
Selected Proposals/Finalists: Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2016. As many as ten (10) finalists will be selected to present at WearRAcon 16 (Phoenix, Arizona, February 10-12, 2016). Each presenter will have five (5) minutes to present the concept, followed by five (5) minutes of questioning. The event will feature live voting among audience members and a panel of judges representative of industry, government, academia, and corporate executives. The winning project considered to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference.