Information for Teams and Registration

CYBATHLON 2024

Become part of CYBATHLON! Here you can find all information about team registration for the CYBATHLON 2024.

Become part of CYBATHLON!

Do you research and develop assistive technology such as exoskeletons, intelligent white canes for the blind, powered wheelchairs or prosthetic legs? Do you work with brain-computer interfaces or functional electrical muscle stimulation? Or do you wear a prosthesis yourself?

Do you want to contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities and work towards a world without barriers? Then become part of CYBATHLON now!

Register your team now for the CYBATHLON 2024!

Register as a team and become part of CYBATHLON

The following information concerns the CYBATHLON 2024. Please read the information carefully before registering a team for the CYBATHLON 2024.

Contact

Do you have any questions about registering a team?

Contact Katja Stoffels at

teams@cybathlon.com

Registration Process and Requirements for Participation

  • Registration Process

    General Information

    Before you set up a team and start the registration process, please read the CYBATHLON Races and Rules as well as the Terms and Conditions of the CYBATHLON 2024 carefully.

    Registration for the CYBATHLON 2024 opens on 1 December 2021 and closes on 30 April 2024.

    To register a team, please follow the online registration process (for information see below).

    If you intend to register a team for more than one discipline, please complete one team registration per discipline. Only team managers are eligible to register a team.

    After the submission of your completed team registration form, CYBATHLON reviews and verifies your form and sets up a call with your team, to give you the opportunity to show your project and technology in a short presentation and to answer questions.

    After the registration has been accepted by the CYBATHLON Organising Committee, and after receipt of your payment of the starting slot fee, your registration will become valid and binding, and your starting slot is confirmed.

    Register your team now for the CYBATHLON 2024

    CYBATHLON Hub

    The CYBATHLON 2024 takes place in the Arena Schluefweg in Kloten, Zurich. You have still the possibility to organise a CYBATHLON Hub at your place. The organisation of the hub is not part of the team registration. If you intend to organise a local hub, please contact teams@cybathlon.com.

  • Online Registration

    Process

    User Profile

    In order to register a team, the team manager must register on the CYBATHLON Platform with a personal profile. You can find the registration here. Only team managers are eligible to register a team.

    The team manager is asked to provide their given name, surname, country and e-mail address. If the e-mail address has already been used, the team manager can log in with the e-mail address and password or reset the password.

    Please find information about data protection in CYBATHLON’s Privacy Policy.

    The team manager can access the Dashboard "myCYBATHLON" with the personal profile. In the Dashboard, the team manager can register a team for events.

    Team Registration

    If the team has already participated in previous CYBATHLON events, the team’s name already exists, and the team does not need to be registered again. In this case, please contact CYBATHLON’s team manager at teams@cybathlon.com. We will link the team manager's personal profile with the existing team profile, so that the team manager gains access to the team profile.

    If the team wants to register for a CYBATHLON event for the first time, the team manager is asked to register the team as follows:

    For the registration of a team, the team manager is asked to select a discipline. If the team manager intends to register a team for more than one discipline, one team registration has to be completed per discipline. The team manager chooses a team name, and specifies the type and name of the organisation, the address and information about the partner organisation, if the team is working with a cooperating partner.

    Event Registration

    In order to complete the team registration, the team must register for an event. Only then is the registration complete and will be reviewed by the CYBATHLON Organising Committee and the Head of Discipline.

    To register for an event, the team manager must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of the respective event.

    The team manager is asked to describe the project and device that is intended for participation in the respective event, in its current state. The team is reviewed and verified on this basis.

    In the last step, the team manager can choose the pilot for the respective event, provided that the pilot has a personal account on the CYBATHLON Platform and is member of the team’s profile. If the pilot is not part of the team’s profile at this stage, the team manager has the option of inviting and adding the pilot to the team and event at a later stage.

    Verification and Acceptance

    After the complete transmission of the team registration, including event registration, the registration is reviewed and verified by the CYBATHLON Organising Committee. After the acceptance of the team, the team manager has full access to the Dashboard “myCYBATHLON” and can complete all tasks in preparation for an event, such as the TecCheck and MedCheck. Further, the team manager can update the team profile, add team members and pilots, and register the team for further events. The information of the team profile will also be available to the public on www.cybathlon.com/teams from the time of acceptance.

  • Requirements for Participation

    MedCheck and TecCheck

    After registration, teams must submit various documents and fulfill requirements that are necessary for the admission of participation in the CYBATHLON 2024. These include on the one hand the medical examination of the pilot (MedCheck) in relation to the inclusion criteria and on the other hand the examination of the required technical, functional and safety information of the device (TecCheck).

    Detailed information about the requirements for participation as well as the corresponding deadlines can be found in the Terms and Conditions of the CYBATHLON 2024.

The CYBATHLON Disciplines

  • ARM

    Arm Prosthesis Race

    Read more

  • ROB

    Assistance Robot Race

    Read more

  • VIS

    Vision Assistance Race

    Read more

  • BCI

    Brain-Computer Interface Race

    Read more

  • EXO

    Exoskeleton Race

    Read more

  • FES

    Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race

    Read more

  • LEG

    Leg Prosthesis Race

    Read more

  • WHL

    Wheelchair Race

    Read more

Races and Rules

  • First Version Races & Rules CYBATHLON 2021 – 2024

    More Uncertainty and Variability

    While the competition tasks for CYBATHLON 2016 and 2020 were specified to a very high degree, tasks for CYBATHLON 2024 will include more uncertainty and variability in most disciplines. This will require improved control, advanced dynamics, and increased functional flexibility of the devices and of the pilots’ problem-solving strategies as compared to previous competitions. The aim of adding variability to the competition tasks is to better account for situations in everyday life, where the exact circumstances of a given task are not always known and/or constant over time and across different locations.

    Races and Rules

    The present version of the Races and Rules is a first description of the eligibility criteria for pilots and assistive devices for participation in the CYBATHLON competitions in the period from 2021 to 2024. Furthermore, it provides initial thematic guidance in relation to the competition tasks for each discipline.

    Read the first version of the Races & Rules CYBATHLON 2021 – 2024

Regulations for Team Registration

Please note that the following information is a summary of the Terms and Conditions of the CYBATHLON 2024. The following information is not exhaustive. Please read the Terms and Conditions of the CYBATHLON 2024 carefully before registering your team for the CYBATHLON 2024.

  • Requirements and Conditions for Registration

    Requirements

    Only teams can register for participation in the CYBATHLON 2024. A team consists of a technology provider and a pilot. A team occupies one starting slot in a discipline. If an institution wants to participate in several disciplines, a separate team must be registered for each discipline.

    The criteria that a pilot and a device must fulfil to be eligible for participation in the CYBATHLON 2024 are defined in the Races and Rules of the CYBATHLON 2024.

    Starting Slots and Waiting List

    In each of the eight disciplines, 20 pilots can start at the CYBATHLON 2024. The total number of pilots at the CYBATHLON 2024 is 160. Registrants will be eligible on a first-come, first-served basis. The starting slots are allocated according to the registration criteria in the Terms and Conditions of the CYBATHLON 2024. If all starting slots are taken, a team can still register for the waiting list.

  • Costs

    Starting Slot Fee

    The fee for one starting slot in a discipline is CHF 3,000. It includes services such as MedCheck, TecCheck and media presence.

    Support Person Fee

    Teams participating in the CYBATHLON 2024 can accredit additional support persons (team members) for admission on site. The accreditations of the pilot, carer and team manager are already included in the starting slot fee. The fee per registered support person at the Zurich Hub will be defined at a later stage, but will be no more than CHF 300. For other hubs, the amount of the fee and the services it includes are defined individually with the hubs.

  • Funding

    Travel Funding

    Teams from universities and non-profit organisations can apply for travel funding for travelling to the Zurich Hub of CYBATHLON 2024. The amount granted differs according to the discipline in which a team participates and the team’s home address.

    Hub Funding

    The conditions and support of a hub are discussed on an individual basis.

  • Withdrawal

    Withdrawing your team registration

    To withdraw the team registration from CYBATHLON 2024, a written statement from the team manager is required and must be sent to teams@cybathlon.com.

Terms, Definitions and Roles

  • Definitions

    CYBATHLON 2024

    The CYBATHLON 2024 will take place in a global format from 25 – 27 October 2024 in the Arena Schluefweg in Kloten and in hubs worldwide. A total of 160 teams from all around the world in eight different disciplines can participate in the CYBATHLON 2024.

    More about the CYBATHLON 2024

    CYBATHLON Team

    A team consists of a technology provider (at least one person from a research laboratory, student project or company, or a private individual) and at least one competing pilot (person with a physical disability or visual impairment).

    CYBATHLON Hub

    A hub is local race venue and is organised between the team itself or a local organiser and the CYBATHLON organisers. The organisation of a hub is not part of the Terms and Conditions of the CYBATHLON 2024. For more information, please contact teams@cybathlon.com.

    CYBATHLON Platform

    The CYBATHLON Platform is the publicly accessible official CYBATHLON website at www.cybathlon.com. Every CYBATHLON team participating in the CYBATHLON 2024 is featured on the platform at www.cybathlon.com/teams with its own page, where the following information about the team is publicly available:

    • Team name
    • Photo
    • Discipline
    • Country
    • Website
    • Organisation
    • Partner organisation (if applicable)
    • Social media channels
    • Team portrait (about the team, pilot, device)
    • Results of CYBATHLON events the team has already participated in
    • Videos

    Dashboard "myCYBATHLON"

    The CYBATHLON Dashboard is the password-protected area “myCYBATHLON”, which is only accessible for registered users who belong to a CYBATHLON team. In the CYBATHLON Dashboard, the team can manage its profile. The team manager can register teams and register for events, complete tasks in preparation for an event, such as the TecCheck and MedCheck, and add team members and pilots.

    MedCheck

    A predefined process designed to verify that pilots fulfil the general and discipline specific eligibility criteria and to ensure that participation is safe from a medical perspective. The MedCheck is conducted by neutral medical examiners appointed by the CYBATHLON organising committee who will keep the provided information strictly confidential.

    TecCheck

    A predefined process designed to systematically verify that an assistive device fulfils the general and discipline specific eligibility criteria, and that the use of the device is safe for the pilots and their environment at any time. The TecCheck is conducted by neutral technical examiners who will keep the provided information confidential.

  • Team Roles

    Team Manager

    Responsible for the team participation in a specific discipline

    Pilot

    Person with a physical disability or visual impairment

    Backup Pilot

    Takes the role of the pilot if the pilot drops out or withdraws from participation

    Support Person

    A team official with specific expertise who supports the team in a specific area (e.g., technician, communication specialist, therapist, etc.)

    Care Person / Caregiver / Carer

    A team member who helps the pilot with activities of daily living

    Hub Manager

    If the team organises a hub of its own for the CYBATHLON 2024 in its home country, the hub manager is responsible for the hub and is the contact person for the CYBATHLON organisers.

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