Destination Medical Center invites public to compete in 2020 Assistive Tech Challenge

Destination Medical Center invites public to compete in 2020 Assistive Tech Challenge
Rochester-based Adapt-A-Cart, who was the winner of the Open Division during the inaugural Assistive Tech Challenge, developed a solution to a real-world problem for wheelchair users. “The Assistive Tech Challenge has given us a platform to solve a problem that directly affected our daily lives as wheelchair users. Because of the competition, we now have a start-up company that we believe will help other users shop at grocery stores and other retail outlets,” said Adapt-A-Cart Co-founder Nick Elliott. (Source: Destination Medical Center)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KEYC) — Applications are being accepted from individuals and teams for the Assistive Tech Challenge, a pitch competition to facilitate greater independence for people with disabilities and the daily challenges they face.

The online application deadline is scheduled for Feb. 10, while the pitch competition will be hosted at the Rochester Civic Theatre in Rochester, Minnesota, on April 4.

“The Assistive Tech Challenge puts a spotlight on the region’s innovative spirit,” said Chris Schad, organizer of the challenge and director of business development at DMC’s Discovery Square. “It encourages entrepreneurs to develop their ideas while showcasing solutions for individuals with disabilities.”

Teams for this competition are divided into two categories:

  • Open Divison: For community-based teams and students.
  • Professional Division: For companies formed with annual revenues not exceeding $200,000.

Rochester-based Adapt-A-Cart, who was the winner of the Open Division during the inaugural Assistive Tech Challenge, developed a solution to a real-world problem for wheelchair users.

“The Assistive Tech Challenge has given us a platform to solve a problem that directly affected our daily lives as wheelchair users. Because of the competition, we now have a startup company that we believe will help other users shop at grocery stores and other retail outlets,” said Adapt-A-Cart Co-founder Nick Elliott.

Winner of the professional division of the inaugural challenge, Minneapolis-based Vitals Aware Services, is excited about its future. “We know that we have compelling stories, and we've created technology that is saving lives and empowering individuals and families living with various conditions and disabilities,” said Stan Alleyne, Vitals Aware Services director of communications. “Competitions like Destination Medical Center’s Assistive Tech Challenge gave us the opportunity to work on our pitch and then receive expert feedback that we can use to accelerate our business growth.”
Winner of the professional division of the inaugural challenge, Minneapolis-based Vitals Aware Services, is excited about its future. “We know that we have compelling stories, and we've created technology that is saving lives and empowering individuals and families living with various conditions and disabilities,” said Stan Alleyne, Vitals Aware Services director of communications. “Competitions like Destination Medical Center’s Assistive Tech Challenge gave us the opportunity to work on our pitch and then receive expert feedback that we can use to accelerate our business growth.” (Source: Destination Medical Center)

First-place teams in each category will receive a $5,000 prize, while second-place finishers in each category will receive $2,500. Furthermore, all teams that place first and second will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Minneapolis in May.

Participants in the 2020 Assistive Tech Challenge should develop a product or service related to:

  • Independent living
  • Access to employment
  • Support for care providers
  • Social skill development
  • Improved public infrastructure.

Teams will then address a series of questions during a five-minute presentation to an expert panel of judges, followed by a three minute Q&A session. The questions that all teams will be asked to answer include:

  • What problem are you solving?
  • How are you solving the problem?
  • Why is your team the one to solve it?
  • What do you need to further develop your idea?

Visit AssistiveTechChallenge.com for more information.

The 2020 Assistive Tech Challenge | Destination Medical Center

April 4, 2020 | Rochester, Minnesota The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. The Challenge is also intended to strengthen their ability to live more independently and help reduce the direct support workforce crisis confronting communities in the region and across the United States.

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