Virtual SCSDC Awards

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Since September 2021, over 58 students and six post secondary institutions competed and a Peer’s Choice vote took place, the time has come to see who wins the grand prize in this year’s SCSDC. On May 7th, join us in the early morning as we salute the incredible finalists and share in their achievements.

Cheer for your favorite finalists as we announce the winners for our four award categories.

Virtual doors open at 10:00 am (PST) So grab your pajamas and coffee and will see you there.


The judges have deliberated for many hours to come up with our 5 finalists, in alphabetical order are…

  • Audible Biofeedback Device (UBC)
  • Automatic Drainage Catheter (UBC O)
  • Myoelectric Finger Exoskeleton (UBC)
  • Parkinson’s Laser and Sound Cueing Module (UBC)
  • Rainscape (UBC)

Peers Choice Finalists

Here is a list of projects for this year’s 7th Simon Cox Student Design Competition in order of receipt. All teams that submitted an update in April are eligible for the Peer’s Choice prize voted by people with physical disabilities at a Pathways to Independence meeting April 27th.

1. Automatic Drainage Catheter

Project description is: The product must address the need for wheelchair users to drain their catheters such that the drainage can be done independently without the use of fine motor control in the extremities. UBCO

2. Pea Wee

The Pea-Wee is a switch-activated catheter release valve that is intended to be used by those who require a urinary catheter and want to independently empty their catheter bag by a press of a button, without the aid of a caregiver. BCIT

3. Ice Ice Baby

A detachable mechanism that will convert regular wheelchairs to all-terrain wheelchairs (primarily icy+snowy conditions). UVIC

4. Parkinson’s Laser & Sound Cueing Module

This device would be used as a visual and/or auditory stimulus during a freezing episode for a person with Parkinson’s. UBC

5. Myoelectric Finger Exoskeleton

Our project focuses on developing an affordable yet customizable, fast-and-accurate-response, and comfortable-to-wear finger exoskeleton which will be used in hand rehabilitation for people with hemiparesis. UBC

6. Poncho Assist!

Paraplegic patients being unable to put on their ponchos, we propose a portable robotic mechanism that has the capabilities to store a poncho in its arm, and then, when activated, will lower the poncho onto the user in a safe manner. UBC

7. Step Buddy

A device to aid people with mobility issues to more easily use stairs. A more portable and lightweight device that is universal to all staircases. UBC

8. Able Table

A wheelchair table that fits the needs of our client and gives them autonomy. The table will be foldable, lightweight and adjustable both laterally and vertically. It will be designed to be easily installed and transportable in a backpack. UBC

9. Roomb Service

A robot platform for individuals with wheelchairs/walkers to use to carry items (food and drink) around their home. The system utilizes a Roomba vacuum, Radio frequency (RF) technology and ultrasound sensors on the user’s wheelchair/walker. BCIT

10. Dawn Breaker

Interface device between a set of blinds on a window and a Google Home to adjust the blinds’ slats via voice command. BCIT

11. Wheelchair Proximity System

Notifying wheelchair users if they are about to hit something to ease their navigation through tight spaces by showing the distance through usage of time of flight sensor on wheelchair. SFU

12. Audible Biofeedback Device

Our client with C4 quadriplegia expressed they were experiencing shoulder pain due to spasticity of the left trapezius muscle. The goal of this research is to investigate trapezius muscle activity in order to develop an audible biofeedback device that can be used for rehabilitation and improve the quality of life of the client. UBC

13. Rainscape

We are currently prototyping a variety of devices that attach to power wheelchairs and offer quick and easy deployment and storage. A fully functional prototype of an electro-mechanical device that will help keep users dry in the Vancouver rain. UBC

14. ACL Recovery Device

Our project’s goal is to address muscle atrophy as a result of immobilization due to an ACL injury (common knee injury requiring immobilization). Our proposed solution combines the rehabilitation techniques of:

1. Bracing for ACL and knee protection

2. Voluntary exercise (resistance training) for muscle growth 3. Involuntary exercise (electrically stimulated muscle activation) for muscle growth) 4. Blood occlusion therapy for improved muscle growth Into one compact and convenient device for patients to use at home to prevent disuse atrophy. UBC

15. Smart Walker

A medical smart walker to help prevent fall injuries for individuals with mobility difficulties. The smart walker will include features such as health monitoring, real-time impact neutralizer, automatic emergency calling etc. SFU

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