Each year, Australia’s ‘best and brightest’ from all regions and all walks of life are invited to participate in our annual Bionics Challenge. This is a stand-out event on Australia’s medtech calendar which plays a vital role in changing the lives of those impacted by road accident trauma or disabilities, chronic disease and complex health conditions.
Read more about this year’s exceptional projects and the people behind them.
The Challenge fulfils our core goal of:
1. Identifying and supporting Australian innovations and research aligned to new or improved medical bionic devices, implants, treatments and cutting-edge bionic technologies (in the early development phase)
2. Mentoring and connecting stand-out innovators, research projects, businesses and technologies to others in our world-class medical bionics innovation cluster.
3. Upskilling and rewarding individuals and teams researching, inventing and developing clinically relevant bionics solutions and treatments (in startups and across universities, hospitals, clinics, research institutes, small-and-medium enterprises and the community)
4. Telling the stories of real people and lives transformed by bionic innovations – directly engaging end-users in bionics co-design and helping people from all walks of life to realise their dreams with new bionic-medtech solutions and assistive technologies.
The Bionics Challenge is an especially exciting event for innovators showcasing a wide array of medical bionic innovations.
How do we define ‘bionics’?
A genuine bionic solution will involve a therapeutic intervention, sensory feedback and/or full or partial restoration of a human function via a prosthesis, device, implanted or organ aided by brain-machine interfaces, artificial intelligence or treatment. Neurobionic treatments, external stimulation devices, wearables and allied health services expand the possibilities to transform lives.
Together, we are busting the silos of endeavour to seed and support cross-border, cross-disciplinary bionic innovations.
At Bionics Gamechangers Australia, we are collaborating with innovators, building teams, seeding great ideas and supporting, showcasing and accelerating ‘next level’ game-changing discoveries in human bionics.
Our community connects the best and brightest minds to co-design game-changing devices and treatments with end-users and carers, clinicians, technology leaders, science-based startups and investors. A fusion of exciting technologies is shaping ‘moon-shot’ discoveries in human bionics.
With partners in Australia and around the globe, we are accelerating innovation at the intersection of neuroscience, electronics, bio-medical engineering, robotics and regenerative medicine.
Engage with us to build and participate in a fast-expanding community of bionics innovators and stand-out projects.
Building great teams, accelerating innovation
Our Bionics Deeptech Innovation and Commercialisation Seminars are purpose-built for teams seeking a top-up intensive or shorter program. Our Bionics Challenge winners receive project-specific mentoring from a stellar line-up of medtech innovation and startup advisors, intellectual property and regulatory specialists, medtech designers plus advice on marketing, funds attraction and manufacturing pathways.
Projects submitted to our annual Bionics Challenge align with one or more areas of bionic innovation:
Bionic-robotic technologies, devices and power sources to optimise bionic limbs, hands and feet; robotic gloves and exoskeletons; plus, bionic interfaces that seek to restore spinal sensation and movement.
Devices and technologies focused on: hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch and other senses – balance, skin tension, pressure, pain and temperature.
Bionic Implants & Organs
Artificial, bio-robotic and AI-enabled organs or organ software; biofabricated tissue-engineered implants; bionic organs and organoids and implantable nano-devices