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Global Student Innovation Challenge for Assistive Technology (gSIC-AT)

What is The Global Student Innovation Challenge for Assistive Technology (gSIC-AT)?

The Global Student Innovation Challenge for Assistive Technology (gSIC-AT) 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 elderly 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 ‘make 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.


Photo of “Yoke Yake” (Toy for children with multiple disabilities), one of SIC World projects in Design Category at i-CREATe 2015 in Singapore.
Photo of “ALZ Engage-me-cart”, one of SIC World projects in Design Category at i-CREATe 2015 in Singapore.

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


Photo of “Rehabilitation with Haptic Interaction Robot”, one of SIC World projects in Technology Category at i-CREATe 2015 in Singapore.
Photo of Prof. Dr. Pairash THAJCHAYAPONG visiting “Rehabilitation with Haptic Interaction Robot”, one of SIC World projects in Technology Category at i-CREATe 2015 in Singapore.

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 shouldnot exceed two years of development. All participants must provide proof that they are students at the time of work for the challenge was conducted.
  • Successful teams must bring their prototypes for the presentation. 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.
  • Competition Guidelines

    • The teams will submit the gSIC-AT Project Entry Form.
    • Expert reviewers will evaluate submissions to be selected to attend the Global Student Innovation Challenge for AT Finals at i-CREATe 2018 convention.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • There will also be a prototype walk-through for the judges 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.
    • Based on the judging criteria, the judges will rank and identify overall winners of the competition judging Guide
    • Judging Guidelines

      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%)

      Technology Category

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

      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.

Local Organizer

Supported by

Australian Rehabilitation Assistive Technology Association or ARATA logoChina Association of  Assistive Products or CAAP logoHyogo Institute of Assistive Technology or HIAT logo /
Hyogo Rehabilitation Center or HRC logoHong Kong Occupational Therapy Association or HKOTA logoIndependent Living Centre New South Wales or ILCNSW logoRehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan or RESJA logoIndependent Living Services, New Zealand or ILSNZ logoKorean Association of Assistive Technology Professionals or KAATP logoNational Science and Technology Development Agency or NSTDA logo Taiwan Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society or TREATS logoUniversity of Shanghai for Science & Technology or USST logoUniversiti Teknologi Malaysia or UTM logoSTART Centre, Singapore logoTechclusive logo

Sponsored by

Ministry of Social Development and Human Security logoSCG 100 Years Anniversary logoChevalier Network Solutions Thai limited logoNational Innovation Agency logoGovernment Savings Bank logoCAT Telecom Public Company Limited logo