Do you want to register as a team for the CYBATHLON 2024?
CYBATHLON welcomes teams from diverse backgrounds, including universities, research institutions, startups, and industry professionals. Whether you are a person with a disability, engineer, scientist, programmer, or designer, or if you have a passion for advancing assistive technology, CYBATHLON provides the perfect platform for you to unleash your potential.
Do you have any questions about registering a team?
Contact Katja Stoffels and Anne Conti at email@example.com
Where will the competition take place?
The CYBATHLON 2024 will be organized in a decentralized format and will take place at the main venue in the Arena Schluefweg in Kloten near Zurich, Switzerland and in local hubs all around the world.
Teams can decide whether they want to travel to Zurich, Switzerland and start in the main Zurich hub or set up their own local team hub and participate remotely.
What are the Requirements for Participation?To participate in the CYBATHLON, the following eligibility criteria must be met. However, it is not a requirement that a pilot has already been selected or that a finished prototype of the device is available at the time of registration.
A team consists of a technology provider (at least one person from a research laboratory, student project or company, or a private developer) and a pilot (person with a disability). The pilot can be the technology provider at the same time. Each team is managed by a team manager. To compete in several disciplines, the same institution can register more than one team.
Pilots must must be at least 18 years, have sufficient cognitive and communicative abilities to understand the Races and Rules, meet the discipline-specific pilot eligibility criteria, and pass all steps of the MedCheck.
A team can register 2 pilots, a main pilot and a backup pilot who takes the role of the pilot if the (primary) pilot drops out or withdraws from participation.
It is allowed to use a commercial device, a modified version of a commercial device, prototypes or research devices. Assistive devices or components thereof that are implanted in the pilot’s body (e.g. electrodes, sensors, osseointegration) are eligible to participate. In any case, the assistive device must be safe for the pilot and their environment at any time, and pass all steps of the TecCheck.
How to overcome the Competition Tasks?
The races in the various disciplines consist of 10 different tasks, that are designed to simulate real-life activities that people with disabilities face daily.
You may already be able to solve some tasks, while others may be challenging. Decide within your team and your pilot which tasks you want to focus on, accept the challenge and intensify your training and/or develop your technology further.
A team can always decide to skip one or more tasks. It is not necessary to be able to solve all 10 tasks in order to participate in the CYBATHLON 2024.
How to build and setup the Competition Infrastructure?
The separate document "Appendix I: Competition Infrastructure" contains all relevant information to rebuild the competition tasks.
With the aim to standardize the task infrastructure of the CYBATHLON competition we specify the task infrastructure to facilitate equal and fair conditions for all participating teams.
As soon as your team has registered for the CYBATHLON 2024, you will get access to the download center for competition infrastructure-related documents, such as CAD files, 3d printing files, BCI Game and others.
A cost estimation of the competition infrastructure (based on objects bought and built in Switzerland) can be found under Team-Hub-Setup.
Links to CAD models
How many Starting Slots are available?
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. If all starting slots are taken, a team can still register for the waiting list and then have priority to join the competition if a registered team drops out or withdraws.Get to know the teams already registered for CYBATHLON 2024
What are the Registration Criteria?
Until 31 October 2023, the following registration criteria are still valid for each discipline:
- max 1 technology: an institution/university/start-up/company can register several teams in one discipline, but must have different technology, such as a different concept or device
- 3 of 20 starting slots can be kept as wildcards by the CYBATHLON organisers
From November 2023 no restrictions apply.
Registration for the CYBATHLON 2024 closes on 31 March 2024.
How much is the Registration Fee and when do I have to pay?
The fee for one starting slot in a discipline is CHF 3,000.
It includes services such as eligibility and safety review process for the device/technology (TecCheck) and the pilot(s) (MedCheck), promotional activities and media presence, services on site or support of the Team Hub.
To secure the starting slot after registration, a first instalment of CHF 1,000 must be paid within 30 days after invoicing.
The remaining amount can be paid at a later date (different partial payments possible).
Payment of the full amount of the starting slot fee must be received by 30 April 2024 at the latest; otherwise, the starting slot can be given to a team on the waiting list.
Can I apply for Funding?
CYBATHLON offers financial support to teams from universities and non-profit organisations for expenses related to participation in the CYBATHLON, such as setting up the team hub for remote participation (e.g., venue rental and technical equipment) or to support sustainable travel for participation in the Zurich hub).
ETH Zurich is committed to sustainability. CYBATHLON encourages participating teams to look for innovative solutions and to reduce emissions caused by travel as much as possible, thus making an important contribution to a sustainable CYBATHLON 2024.
CYBATHLON has limited funding resources, applications are processed on a first come first served basis. The amount granted depends on the discipline in which a team is participating, the infrastructure provided by the CYBATHLON organisers, and the team's home address.
Registered teams can send their application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (provide a brief description of the anticipated costs). The CYBATHLON organisers will review your application and notify you.
Allocation of Funds per Discipline
ARM: up to CHF 1,000
BCI: up to CHF 1,000
EXO: up to CHF 3,000
FES: up to CHF 500
LEG: up to CHF 3,000
ROB: up to CHF 1,500
VIS: up to CHF 1,500
WHL: up to CHF 3,000
Is there an additional fee for support persons of my team?
Teams participating in the CYBATHLON 2024 in the main Zurich hub can accredit additional support persons (team officials) for admission on site. The accreditation of the pilot, the carer and the team manager is already included in the starting slot fee.
The fee per registered support person is max. CHF 300; the exact amount and the maximum number of support persons who can be registered per team will be determined at a later date together with the opening of the registration.
What are the Conditions of Participation?
To participate in the CYBATHLON 2024, a full TecCheck (technical check of the device) and MedCheck medical check of the pilot) are mandatory, with which the eligibility criteria and the safety as stated in the CYBATHLON Races and Rules are verified.
Pilots who have already participated in another CYBATHLON event in the period 2021 - 2024, e.g., another CYBATHLON Challenges, and have completed MedCheck 1 and MedCheck 2 with confirmed eligibility, do not have to complete it again, provided there are no changes in the pilot's health condition.
Furthermore, teams must meet the deadlines listed below under "Important Steps and Deadlines".
What are the important Steps and Deadlines for Participation?
31 March 2024 Deadline for Online Team Registration
- Submission of online form for team and event registration
- Virtual call between the CYBATHLON organisers and the team where the team introduces the project/technology
30 April 2024 Deadline for Full Payment of Starting Slot Fee
- CHF 1,000 must be paid to secure the registration of the starting slot. The full payment of CHF 3,000 must be paid no later than 30 April 2024
31 May 2024 Deadline for Pilot MedCheck 1
- Submission of online form with the pilot’s medical data including
- in some disciplines specific documents that confirm the medical information (e.g. clinical scores)
- written confirmation, in German/English and signed by a medical doctor, that the pilot is fit to participate in CYBATHLON races
30 June 2024 Deadline for Pilot MedCheck 2
- Virtual call between a CYBATHLON medical examiner and the pilot to check the pilot’s eligibility for participation. For the disciplines BCI, FES, EXO an additional medical doctor at the pilot's location is necessary
19 Aug 2024 Deadline for Device TecCheck 1
- Submission of online protocol with technical, functional, and safety information about the device
30 Sept 2024 Deadline for Device TecCheck 2
- Technical demonstration conducted as remote session (virtual call) to check safety and functionality of device including the pilot using the device on the obstacles
How do I register online?
To register for CYBATHLON 2024, please follow the online registration process:
1st Step: User Profile
Create a personal user profile. You will automatically get the role of the team manager assigned.
2nd Step: Team Registration
With the login of your user profile, you get access to the Dashboard "myCYBATHLON" where you can register your team in one of the CYBATHLON disciplines.
If you want to register in more than one discipline, please complete one team registration form per discipline (use different team names).
If your team has already participated in the CYBATHLON Global Edition 2020, you don't need to register your team again. In this case, please contact us at email@example.com. We will link your personal user profile with the existing team profile, so that you gain access to your team Dashboard.
3rd Step: Event Registration
In order to complete the registration, please go to "register your team for an event" in your Dashboard. Only then is the registration for CYBATHLON 2024 complete.
What happens after the submission of my online registration?
After submitting your online registration form, CYBATHLON will review your data and contact you to arrange a remote meeting with your team to give you the opportunity to present your project and technology in a short presentation and answer questions on both sides.
Questions & Answers
Click on the link below to find answers to the most frequently asked questions by team members.Q&A