gSIC Program

Global Student Innovation Challenge (gSIC)

Quick Facts

Competition Dates: Aug. 7 - 8, 2020

Competition Venue: Taipei Medical University (TMU), Taipei, Taiwan

Entry Closing Date: May 15, 2020

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What is the Global Student Innovation Challenge (gSIC)?

The Global Student Innovation Challenge (gSIC) is an annual event held at each 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 the elderly and people with disability. It showcases the talents and abilities of these students while providing an opportunity to work with clients and clinicians to develop these innovative ideas. It also facilitates cooperation and networking among the students and gives them an opportunity to listen to speakers from across the world and region.

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 but needs to demonstrate the design in form and/or function.

Technology Category

Students are expected to apply principles in Engineering and/or Information 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 of any discipline. These include Universities, Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education students. Submissions are invited from all students at all stages of their academic studies mentioned above.

There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given academic institution and collaborations between institutions are allowed. Each team consists up to 5 members (students only). For the information of the registration fee per team and teachers / lecturers who accompany a team, please visit the website.

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 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.

Selected entries will be notified by emails and are required to register for i-CREATe 2020.


Competition Guidelines

1. The teams will submit the gSIC-AT Project Entry Form.

2. Expert reviewers will evaluate submissions to be selected to attend the Global Student Innovation Challenge at i-CREATe 2020 conference.

3. Selected teams will be expected to attend the conference with an A1 size poster outlining their design and innovation. Prototypes will have to be displayed together with the posters at the conference to a panel of gSIC-AT judges, and form part of the judging criteria.

4. The finalists will be given 10 minutes for oral presentation covering the key ideas of the project to the panel of the gSIC-AT judges and followed by 5 minutes Q&A.

5. 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 5 minutes Q&A.

6. Based on the judging criteria, the judges will rank and identify overall winners of the competition.


Judging Guidelines for Design Category

• Creativity/Idea Novelty

• Impact on Society and/or Professional Practice

• Commercialization Potential

• Prototype Design in Form, Function or Implementation

• Usability/User Experience

Judging Guidelines for Technology Category

• Creativity/Idea Novelty

• Impact on Society and/or Professional Practice

• Commercialization Potential

• Prototype Design in Form, Function or Implementation

• Usability/User Experience


Awards

Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit Award/s will be offered for both Design Category and Technology Category. A trophy and certificates will be for all members, and the top 3 winners of each category will also be awarded prize money.

Peer’s Choice Award

The award is to be decided by the gSIC participants. Each team is allowed to cast one vote on the most deserving team entry but cannot vote for their team. The votes must be cast by the end of the contest.

Public’s Choice Award

The award is to be decided by the public visiting the exhibition. Upon registering for the conference, each visitor will be given a voting sheet, which they are asked to complete and drop into the voting box at the registration booth after visiting the gSIC booths.

The following awards will be offered for both design and technology categories:

Best Presentation Award

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

Best Poster Award

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

Best Prototype Award

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

Best Ergonomic Award

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

PLEASE NOTE:

The Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner. Winning teams will be notified to attend with free entrances.


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.

The student teams entering the gSIC are welcome to attend all events of iCREATe 2020.


CONTACT US

For Student Innovation Challenge enquiries, please contact: Global Student Innovation Challenge Committee i-CREATe 2020
Phone: +886 (02)2736-1661 #3070
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.icreate2020.org/