$50,000 will be awarded to each of three Grand Challenge Winners in 2020…and it doesn’t stop there.

We’ll also announce the winners of three $5,000 Early Stage Bionic Innovation Awards.

The Challenge enables Bionics Queensland to:


Identify and support Queensland innovations and research aligned to new or improved bionic devices, limbs/prosthetics, organs, treatments and enabling technologies (in the proposal or early development phase)


Upskill and reward individuals and teams researching, inventing and developing bionics solutions and treatments (in Queensland’s metro and regional universities, hospitals, clinics, research institutes, SMEs, start-ups and in the general community)


Mentor and connect ‘stand-out’ innovators, research projects, businesses and technologies contributing to a world-class bionics innovation and research culture and the growth of a vibrant bionics business cluster.


Tell the stories of real people from all walks of life who are making a difference.


$50,000 will be awarded to winning teams in each of Bionic Mobility, Bionic Senses plus Neural and AI-Enabled Bionics…and it doesn’t stop there.

Three $5,000 Early Stage Bionics Innovation Awards will also be announced and all teams will be offered a Winners Mentoring and Acceleration Program.

It’s time to work ‘head-to-head’ with others to jumpstart that new bionic discovery, fast track your innovation and transform lives…perhaps the life of someone you already know.

Whether you are a person living with a disability or chronic health condition, a home-based medtech inventor, a leading clinician, bio-medical engineer, university researcher, industry practitioner or an allied health worker, this Challenge is for you…..its game on!

Bionics Queensland Challenge 2020 delivered in partnership with Advance Queensland will award $165,000 overall in cash prizes and a golden opportunity to fast track your great idea or project.

We’re inviting Queensland’s ‘best and brightest’ from all regions and all walks of life to help redefine what it means to live with a disability or chronic disease. In 2020, our Challenge is deliberately broad. We want you to ‘think big and small’…get to know and understand how far bionic innovations have already come….understand what has worked, what is still needed and how you could deliver a new or important piece of a bigger puzzle. And we’ll provide you with expert mentoring to help you develop a winning idea.

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.

Whether your passion lies with a new invention in bionic mobility, restoring or enhancing the senses, advancing neural links to restore function or movement or taking AI and machine learning in bionics to the next level, this Challenge is for you.

There are three Challenges to choose from in 2020!

Challenge 1
Bionic Mobility

Innovations in the design, features or manufacture of bionic limbs, exoskeletons, related devices, technologies, wearables and allied health services

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Challenge 2
Bionic Senses

New or improved devices and implants designed to restore or enhance one or more human senses, related technologies, wearables and allied services

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Challenge 3
Neural and AI-Enabled Bionics

Next level discoveries in brain-computer or brain-machine interfaces, AI-enabled organs or software, innovative neuro-bionic treatments and allied health services

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“This Challenge is a chance for anyone living anywhere in Queensland with a great idea to make a difference. Now is the time to get involved to help transform lives.”

Dr Dimity Dornan AO
Founder of Bionics Queensland

Bionics Queensland Challenge 2020 – Be in it to win it!