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Rewarding Innovative Assistive Walking Technology Concepts

The Giving Mobility challenge asks to develop any assistive walking technology which qualifies as exoskeleton or assistive walking device and mimics natural human movement, i.e. walking, running, etc.


  • SGD5,000 per category


  • May 15, 2018



People in less developed countries or of lower income often lose their ability to earn livelihood as well as the freedom to move and participate in social life once they lose their mobility. Currently, there is a wide gap between the existing high and low tech. Think sustainable low tech “Bamboo Man” or “Rattan Man” instead of high tech “Iron Man”.


A working prototype of a sustainable walking assistive device which restores or maintains mobility for the ill and disabled in less developed countries. Prototype has to be built with the fewest parts with the lowest weight and price as possible, and use sustainable materials and resources, so that maintenance can be performed locally.


Older adults face isolation and lack of care-giving if they lose ability to move independently. This is further exacerbated if they are poor or live in lesser developed countries.


A working prototype which allows elderly to keep or restore their mobility, gain autonomy and life quality, and reduce burden on their caretakers.


To provide autonomy, energy supply for assistive technology needs to be sufficient to allow users to live with peace of mind and know that they will not run out of power on the way. In terms of energy storage, high speed exerted for a short period of time is more or less the same as low speed exerted over a prolonged period oftime. We therefore ask participants to: break records, break limitations, break prejudices.


A working prototype which allows any human runner, disabled or abled, to win any 10km, 21km or 42km race due to assistive running technology at least 5 min faster than the existing world record.

Terms & Conditions for All Categories

  • Winning criteria are, besides functionality and restored mobility, affordability and accessibility.
  • Prototypes are to be self-built, meaning not a commercially available product from an established company.
  • Designs need to be open source and be built with standard parts readily available.
  • The prototype cost shall be cheaper than comparable solutions sold by companies in the market.
  • Only one prize per category is awarded, subject to a final decision by the organizer.
  • One participant may enter the challenge in more than one category and may win in multiple categories.
  • Final decision is subject to jury. Organizer reserves the right to not bestow any award without providing a reason.

How to Enter

Please submit your application electronically by the deadline date by emailing us at with the subject line of “Giving Mobility Award Submission”. Your submission should contain the proof of the deliverables from the relevant category, including links to the publicly shared and accessible open source plans of your prototype and its videos or photos on your website or your social media.