The first CYBATHLON was successfully launched in 2016 as an international event in which people with disabilities or physical weakness use advanced assistive devices, including robotic technologies, to compete against each other.
66 pilots, 56 teams, 25 nations, 400 team members participated in six different disciplines, such as the Powered Leg Prosthesis Race. The focus of the races is on solving everyday life tasks.
This CYBATHLON was organised by ETH Zurich and took place on the 8th October 2016 in the SWISS-Arena in Zurich-Kloten.
The success of the premiere was the final push to convince the organising committee and the heads of ETH Zurich that the CYBATHLON must continue, also under the umbrella of ETH Zurich.
Under the umbrella of the ETH Zurich, the CYBATHLON is run as a non-profit project, which aims to break down barriers between the public, people with disabilities and technology developers by organizing unique competitions.
The competitions are organized as a public event in which people with disabilities or physical weaknesses compete against each other in several disciplines, supported by the newest assistive devices including robotic technologies. The challenge is to solve everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, hanging up washing or setting the breakfast table.
The objectives of CYBATHLON are to promote the research, development and implementation of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. The exchange between technology developers and people with disabilities is in doing so particularly important.
CYBATHLON also pursues the goal of raising awareness and informing the public about the latest technologies and devices as well as their limitations and uses.
In addition, the CYBATHLON wants to promote the discourse on the inclusion and equality of people with disabilities in everyday life.
The CYBATHLON, a unique worldwide platform, aims to support people with disabilities in their independence through the joint development of assistive technologies and sustained public awareness of challenges in everyday activities.
These seven aspects reflect the vision of the CYBATHLON:
Support people with physical disabilities in their independence and sensitise the public to obstacles they encounter on a daily basis.
Advance the development of everyday assitive technological tools, together with people with disabilities
Reduce barriers between people with disabilities, the public and developers
Promote scientific exchange between international researchers from universities and industries
Discuss the benefits and limitations of assitive technology for people with disabilities
Involve people with disabilities in the planning and development of the CYBATHLON
Tell the stories of the people who make the CYBATHLON possible as participants, researchers, organisers or support