Challenge 2 – Bionic Senses

The number of sensory-deprived people globally is expected to increase…continued innovation is vital in hearing, vision, touch, smell and taste and in restoring balance and orientation.

Challenge 2 – Bionic Senses

How can you and your team make a difference? Every breakthrough opens the door to new possibilities and fortunately, interest in restoring and creating bionic senses is growing. Building on the electrodes included in the bionic ear, many more sensory prostheses can be invented. Great strides have been made and interest in multi-sensory perception is also growing.

The team that wins our Bionic Senses Challenge will deliver a next generation bionics innovation in one of the following areas:

  • Bionic ear / neuromodulation devices and technologies designed to overcome hearing and/or auditory processing disorders, improve the perception of speech or repair the inner ear
  • Bionic eye / vision devices and technologies that address genetic or acquired vision disorders
  • Bionic devices, products or technologies that help to restore a sense of touch, taste, smell, orientation or balance
  • Bionic devices and technologies that deliver multi-sensory treatments or experiences e.g. a connection to the IOT and use of AI and VR/AR to enhance outcomes

$50,000 if you win the Bionic Senses Challenge plus Winners Mentoring and Acceleration

Or $8,000 in cash for an Early Stage Bionic Innovation plus Winners Mentoring and Acceleration

The clock is ticking – your team could win a great cash prize and expert advice to fast track your innovation! Queensland-led teams are invited to compete for these major Challenge Category Prizes.

Major Bonuses for National Bionics Innovation Prize Winners are:

– A $25,000 cash prize to expend on advancing your bionic innovation
– A chance to share in $25,000 of Morgans Financial insights, support and mentoring
– A potential ‘fast track’ to the final decision-making round of Antler’s acceleration program for start-ups (at the VC’s Sydney office).

This prize for the most outstanding project/team across all Bionics Challenge contestants could be awarded to an innovation in one of the four categories: Bionic Mobility. Bionic Senses, Bionic Implants and Organs; or Bionics, the Brain and Neurotechnology.

Project leaders of teams competing for the National Bionics Innovation Prize may reside in any Australian state/territory. All Queensland-led teams are eligible to compete for Major Category Prizes and the National Bionics Innovation Prize.

Bionics Challenge 2021

This years Bionics Challenge, delivered in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Qld) has an overall $300,000 in combined Cash Prizes, Mentoring and Acceleration.