The Challenge sees start-ups, R&D leaders and everyday innovators work ‘head to head’ with others to jump-start new bionic discoveries and fast track new devices and treatments to transform lives…..potentially the life of someone you know.
The Bionics Challenge covers four main categories of medical bionic innovations
Bionic-robotic technologies, devices and power sources to optimise bionic limbs, hands and feet; robotic gloves and exoskeletons; plus bionic interfaces that seek to restore spinal sensation and movement.
Devices and technologies focused on: hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch and other senses – balance, skin tension, pressure, pain & temperature.
Bionic Implants & Organs
Bio-robotic and AI-enabled organs or organ software; biofabricated tissue-engineered implants; bionic organs and organoids; nano-devices and treatments.
Bionics, the Brain, Neurotech and AI
Neural or AI-enabled implants; bioelectric stimulation therapies or treatments, novel optogenetic therapies, brain-computer-interface devices, electroceuticals and related rehabilitation technologies.
How do we define ‘bionics’?
A genuine bionic solution will involve a therapeutic intervention, sensory feedback and/or full or partial restoration of a human function via a prosthesis, implanted device, stent or organ aided by brain-computer or machine interfaces, implanted AI or electrical stimulation of nerves or muscles. Neurobionic treatments, external stimulation devices, wearables and allied health services expand the possibilities for consumers.
Building great teams, accelerating innovation
Our Bionics Deeptech Mentoring and Acceleration Program is offered in two formats pending the background and experiences of our Challenge 2021 start-ups and R&D teams.
An 8-Week Program of Bionics Deeptech Webinars, Sprints and Exercises plus Milestone Deep-Dive Sessions. The deep-dives to review team progress feature at the start, middle and end of the program and are repeated quarterly or half yearly for Bionics Challenge winners (aligned to progressive allocation of cash prizes).
A 5-Week Bionics Deeptech Immersion purpose-built for teams seeking a top-up intensive or shorter program. Bionics Challenge winners must have some prior knowledge of medtech innovations and commercialisation to enter this program.
Our Bionics Challenge 2021 winners will receive project-specific mentoring from Dr Robyn Stokes (CEO / business and marketing strategist) and Dr Laura Faulconer (global VC executive, medtech startup founder, architect of Australia’s Actuator fund and an all-round guru on accelerating and partnering to succeed. Challenge finalists and winners will also interact with a stellar line-up of internationally recognised business and medtech advisors and supporting agencies.