Once unified, talented individuals in all areas will be able to accelerate an array of human bionics breakthroughs. Bringing all parties together in an expanding human bionics “living laboratory” will enable people in all corners of the globe to lead more fulfilling lives.
By 2035, I anticipate that our concept of “human” will have been tempered by the advent of new bionics devices to alleviate a number of medical conditions and enhance human performance. But ethical policies must be developed with some urgency to govern their use.
Nowhere is the need for acceleration, collaboration and co-ordination of the bionics industry more humanised than in the words of engineer, Bionics Queensland Board member and quadruple amputee, Matthew Ames.
“Everything I do from the moment I wake up each day involves some form of device. My bionics are part of me. They need to be expertly designed, locally sourced, easy to repair and masterfully programmed to help me live life to the fullest. This requires great communication, expertise and collaboration between many bionics industry professionals. There are still many challenges to overcome and improved devices will transform not just my life, but the lives of many.”
Dr Dimity Dornan AO
Founder of Bionics Queensland
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.
Motor Accident Insurance Commission
The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) Queensland is our major funding partner. The rehabilitation of Queenslanders impacted by road accident trauma, disabilities and chronic health conditions underpins our highly valued partnership.