Delegates and speakers from 20 nations will converge next week on Canberra for the 13th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe), marking the first time the event has taken place in Australia.
Set to take place at the National Convention Centre from 26-29 August, the annual meeting and roadshow facilitates interaction between researchers, service providers, specialists in assistive technology and users for the purposes of idea exchange, development, testing and knowledge, all to improve the lives of people with disabilities and ambulatory-challenged seniors.
The conference also serves as an open challenge to the next generation of assistive technology experts via the Global Student Innovation Challenge (GSIC). Students from 12 nations have compiled 44 entries in the 2019 competition, which will showcase innovative thinking in the form of prototypes on rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology projects across design and tech-based disciplines.
Chief Executive and President-Elect of Assistive Technology Australia, Robyn Chapman, said the GSIC provided a great platform for budding designers and creative thinkers to showcase their talents.
“The competition 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.”
Dignitaries attending the conference will include HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from Thailand, who initiated the first i-CREATe conference and helps to spearhead cooperation and ideas exchange across Asia Pacific to further the industry. As well as attending i-CREATe in Canberra, the Princess will present the major prizes in each GSIC division.