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Date of Competition

13-16 Jul 2018

What is Global Student Innovation Challenge (gSIC)

The Global Student Innovation Challenge (gSIC) is an annual event held at the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe). It provides a platform to encourage students from all over the world to compete one another in developing creative and innovative devices or solutions to improve the quality of living of el​derly and people with disability. It showcases the extraordinary talents of these students while providing them the opportunity to work with clients and clinicians to develop these innovative ideas. There are 2 categories in this challenge.

Design Category

Students are expected to apply User-Centered Design process to produce a solution that ‘makes life easier’ for its users or enhance the user experience (UX) or improves the quality of professional rehabilitation practice. The solution may or may not be technology based.

Technology Category

Students are expected to apply principles in Engineering and Info​rmation Technology to design and implement Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology solution to address the issues/problems faced by the needy, their caregivers and clinicians. The solution must have engineering or technological component(s).

Competition Requirements

This challenge is open to post-secondary education, undergraduates and postgraduates. These include Universities, Polytechnics and Institutes ​of Technical Education students. Submissions are invited from all students at all stages of their academic studies.

There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given academic institute and each team is allowed to have up to 5 members. As the standard entry​ fee is set for 4 members, so additional fee is required for 5th member.

Entries submitted should not exceed two years of development. All participants must provide proof that they are students at the time of work for the challenge was conduc​ted.

Successful teams must bring their prototypes for the presenta​tion. Large prototypes that are not transportable will be taken into consideration during the judging. In case of this, the movie or such kind of visual material may assist your team.

Selected entries will be notified by emails and are required to register for i-CREATe 2018.

Competition Guidelines

      1. The teams will submit the gSIC-AT Project Entry ​Form to .
      2. Expert reviewers will evaluate submissions to be selected to attend the Global Student Innovation Challenge for AT Finals at i-CREATe 2018 convent​ion.
      3. Selected teams will be expected to attend the convention with an A1 size poster outlining their design and innovation. Prototypes will have to be displayed together with the posters at the convention to a panel of gSIC-AT judges.​
      4. The finalists will be given 5 minutes for oral presentation ​covering the key ideas of the project to the panel of the gSIC-AT judges and followed by 2 minutes Q&A.
      5. There will also be a prototype walk-through for the jud​ges to grade each team during the convention. Each team will be given 5 minutes for their prototype demonstration and followed by 2 minutes Q&A.
      6. Based on the judging criteria, the judges will rank a​nd identify overall winners of the competition.dging Guide

Judging Guidelines for Design Category

  • Creativity / Idea Novelty (20%)
  • Impact on Society and/or Professional Practice (20%)
  • Commercialization Potential (20%)
  • Prototype Design and Implementation (20%)
  • Usability / Ergonomics (20%)

Judging Guidelines for Technology Category

  • Creativity / Idea Novelty (20%)
  • Impact on Society and/or Professional Practice (20%)
  • Commercialization Potential (20%)
  • Prototype Engineering (20%)
  • Usability / Ergonomics (20%)

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The result of the top 3 winners from each category will be an​nounced at the i-CREATE 2018 Gala Dinner.

The award will be decided by the panel of judges based on the ergonomic part of the judging criteria.

Intellectual Property

Kindly take note that i-CREATe will not have any involvement concerning Intellectual Property (IP) protection. Like other academic conferences or competitions, it is the participating institution's responsibility to protect their IP before disclosing their projects.