“Global Innovation Challenge 2023” inviting participants to the “Living Assistance Robot Contest” designed to help people with disabilities “walk independently”


TOKYO, November 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Innovation Challenge Executive Committee (hereafter referred to as the “GIC Executive Committee”) based in Tokyo is pleased to announce that the “Global Innovation Challenge 2023 Living Assistance Robot Contest” (hereinafter referred to as “GIC Contest”) will be held next year at “GIC Tsukuba Innovation Center” in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japanoffering a total price of $1,000,000.





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The competition will take place in May-June 2023 supporting researchers and developers around the world with the aim of bringing innovative tools that enable people living in wheelchairs with disabilities such as paralysis to “walk independently”

without the help of a caregiver, and to use their residual functions.

For the purposes of this contest, independent walking is defined as the ability of a person with a disability such as paralysis to walk without the assistance of others or the use of a wheelchair.Registrations will be accepted until

March 31, 2023
, before the competition. The organizer is pleased to receive many applications from interested parties. For more details, please see the application guidelines on the official website. https://global-innovation-challenge.com/en/event_and_project/2023/GIC2023.html

Context of the competition:

The number of people who need assistance in their daily life due to aging, illness or accident is increasing worldwide. While caregivers and assisted persons are subject to a number of mental, physical and financial burdens, the development of robots for the social sector is an area in which investments are difficult to find because the market is not large enough.

The development of public infrastructure and the promotion of barrier-free accessibility have enabled people with reduced mobility to live their daily lives on their own if they have a wheelchair, but they still face limitations in their activities outside the building. a well-developed environment. The organizer believes that a walking aid robot that can be used both indoors and outdoors without worrying about barrier-free accessibility would allow people with disabilities to enjoy their lives more.

The GIC competition is organized with the aim of enabling people living in wheelchairs with disabilities, such as paralysis of the lower limbs, to “walk independently” without human assistance, using their remaining functions, through the development of innovative tools.

  • Comment from Tatsufumi Kamimura, Chairman of the GIC Executive Committee: “This will be the second time the competition will be held. In 2021, the competition was to be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the next competition in the spring 2023 will be held at GIC Tsukuba Innovation Center, in a competition field that will look like an ordinary house. The committee members are eager to see what new technologies will be created this time as well. We hope to receive many applications from many countries. ” Global Innovation Challenge 2023 Life Support Robot Competition PreviewCompetition venue: GIC Tsukuba Innovation Center (877 Naka-Sugama, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture300-4242
  • Japan
    ) Organizer: Executive Committee of the Global Innovation Challenge
  • *It is managed with the guidance of experts in the fields of medical wellness, sports for the disabled, robotics, etc.
  • Special Sponsor: TKF
  • Inc.
  • Sponsor: JTB Corp.
  • Cooperator: Tsukuba City Supporting company: Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd., SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
  • Total Prize Amount:


Participation fee: Free

For more details on the contest, please visit:

https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202211019056-O1-TEp97bO5.pdfGlobal Innovation Challenge Executive Committee SOURCE


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