The WearRAcon Innovation Challenge 2019 is Now Open for Submissions!

The Wearable Robotics Association Innovation Challenge 2019 is now accepting submissions until January 20th of next year.  The challenge will pit inventors, student teams, labs, and emerging companies in a friendly competition of ingenuity and creativity.  Everyone from solo creators to full teams are invited to throw their hat in the ring.  The only requirement is that the entries are directly related to wearable robotics.

The opportunities for exposure for individual creators and small teams in the exoskeleton industry are relatively few.  The exoskeleton industry has been growing; there are more mainstream media articles, more products, and more companies than ever before.  There are, however, only a few wearable robotics competitions: Cybathlon, The Applied Exoskeleton Collegiate Competition, and the WearRA Innovation Challenge. (which is now entering its fourth year)

Not sure what to expect from the WearRAcon19 Innovation Challenge?  Take a peek at coverages from three previous years:

Who should enter the competition?

  • Anyone with an innovative idea that will benefit the Wearable Robotics Industry.

What can you get?

  • Top 10 finalists will be invited to present in front of the core of the exoskeleton industry assembled in Arizona for WearRAcon 19 March 26 – 28.  You will have the opportunity to present your innovation in a 5-minute lightning pitch format presentation on the main stage and compete for a $5,000 main prize.

How to enter?

When to act?

  • The competition is open for entries from October 1st, 2018 to January 20th, 2019.

The exoskeleton industry is just getting warmed up and it needs all of the innovative ideas and passionate people to take the industry mainstream.  The Innovation Challange is a rare opportunity for future thought leaders to showcase their point of view on the path forward for wearable robotics!


Earn a prize for a new technology or idea that will benefit the Wearable Robotics Industry. The Innovation Challenge will open on October 1, 2018 and close January 20, 2019.

The Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA) is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in wearable robotic technology for the Innovation Challenge as part of WearRAcon. The winner will receive international recognition and a $5,000 cash prize to support development and commercialization of the technology.

Upload your concept paper by January 20, 2019. The review committee will select as many as ten (10) finalists. All finalists will be invited to present their product concepts at WearRAcon 19, March 26 – 28 at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, AZ (USA). The winning entry will be selected through live voting by conference attendees and a panel of judges representing industry, government, academia, and corporate executives. The top projects will receive awards. The one considered to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference and will receive $5,000 to accelerate the new technology.

WearRAcon 18 Winning Entry: CXD Shoulder Actuation Device
Submitted by: Miguel Nobre Castro, PH.D. Candidate, Aalborg University (Denmark)

Submission Details:
Submissions are due by January 20, 2019. The proposal must include information about intellectual property and the development outline with milestones for deliverables. Explain the potential impact on the wearable robotics community, as well as significance of this concept as an advancement for the industry.


  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can
    accelerate any step along the path to market.
  • Applicants may reside in any country. No specific background or experience is required.
  • Finalists must register and attend WearRAcon 19

Instructions for the Submission:
Please submit your proposal by Sunday, January 20, 2019 | 11:59 PM (EST).

Proposal Content (NTE 4 pages)

Paper Layout:
1. Title of proposed project (maximum 50 characters)
2. Leader (name, title, affiliation, address, telephone, email address)
3. Key collaborators (names, titles, affiliations)
4. Brief summary of project goals and plans/approaches (not to exceed 350 characters)
a. Focus specifically on what your project would bring to the wearable robotics industry
5. Brief description of what is unique about the project. If it is competitive to any existing product or service, please describe how your project compares to any competitor (500 characters)
6. Detailed description of how you plan to accomplish the overall plan (750 characters)
a. Estimated steps/milestones/timeline to reach customers
b. Go/No Go decision points
7. Brief description of intellectual property position and potential for commercialization: investment potential and likelihood of ongoing funding support to customers (500 characters)
8. Anticipated total budget and outline of what a prize of $5,000 will allow you to accomplish

Proposal Submission:

  • Must not exceed 4 pages, inclusive of all information listed above, minimum 10 point font
  • Convert document to a PDF and send to
  • A confirmation email will be replied to upon receipt of your submission. If you have not received confirmation, please call: 602-632-0999.

Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:
1. Potential benefit and appeal to people within the wearable robotics community
2. Likelihood of Development: Investment potential and consideration of ongoing funding support
3. Intellectual Property Strategy and Status: Freedom to operate
4. Timeframe and probability of success
5. Overall Impression

Selected Proposals/Finalists: Finalists will be notified by February 8, 2019. As many as ten (10) finalists will be selected to present at WearRAcon 19 (Scottsdale, Arizona, March 26-28, 2019). Each presenter will have five (5) minutes to present the concept, followed by five (5) minutes of questioning. The event will feature live voting among audience members and a panel of judges representative of industry, government, academia, and corporate executives. The winning project considered to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference.


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