Simon Cox Student Design Competition

The Kinsmen Foundation of BC is a proud sponsor of the annual BCITS Simon Cox Student Design Competition (April 3/19).  The competition honours Kinsmen history and the life-long work of the previous ED of BCITS, Kinsmen, and Simon Cox.  Helping people was Simon’s passion; he enjoyed seeing young minds at work, finding solutions to challenges to improve lives of people with severe physical disabilities.  Together the Kinsmen and Simon Cox founded Technology for Independent Living which grew into BCITS.  Under the BCITS umbrella, Technology for Independent Living programing continues to provide independence for people with disabilities living in the community, along with the BCITS Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program.

Well done to all the winners!

The competition showcased five projects which were scrutinized by the judges: John Meneghello, representing the Kinsmen Foundation, Walt Lawrence, representing co-sponsor, the  BC Rehab Foundation, Ean Price and Nicole Whitmanrepresenting BCITS clients.

Every project was a success.  The amount of work and creativity from the students was inspirational.  Each project created devices that were practical for people who live independently in the community. The students’ work and effort was amazing.  The venue was buzzing with activity as the students showcased their work. It was inspiring to see creative solutions and the development of devices for now and the future.

It was a tough job, but after much contemplation the winning line up was:

The winner: The Wizard v3 – this device is a sound activated alarm system designed for ventilator dependent individuals with limited muscular movement.  (Photo below of the winning team with the judges).

Second place: Chameleon v3 – this device is intended to be used for speech impaired individuals to interact with voice-activated home assistant devices (such as Alexa or Google Home).

Third place: Steer-X v2 – this device will measure maximum, average, and real-time forces that are required to rotate the steering wheel.

The competition was an opportunity for the Kinsmen Foundationto highlight our work to the student community of young, up and coming biomedical engineering technicians, as well as reflect on historical achievements. BCITS thanked both the Kinsmen Foundationand to the BC Rehab Foundationfor our joint sponsorship of this competition.

The competition was vibrant and exciting. The BCIT profs, student participants, BCITS member participants, judges and spectators made this a fun and vibrant competition. BCITS clients were involved and helped guide the students’ projects so they worked on real life solutions.   We are looking forward to how BCITS intends to grow the competition next year.

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