EXO / Exoskeleton Race

Project MARCH

NetherlandsNetherlands

About the Team

Project MARCH is a non-profit student team, and it is the only CYBATHLON team consisting exclusively of students without the guidance of a professor – not only in the preparation and participation in CYBATHLON, but also in the development of their exoskeleton. Project MARCH's collaborators interrupt their regular studies for one year, during which they raise the walking device to the next level. The name says it all: the goal is to enable someone with a spinal cord injury to stand up and walk again. The current team of Project MARCH consists of 26 students from different fields, including biomedicine and computer science. They work closely with their pilot Koen van Zeeland and a physiotherapist.

About the Pilot

This is the second year that Koen van Zeeland is the pilot for Project MARCH. Koen is 35 years old and has a spinal cord injury due to an accident 9 years ago.

In addition to training with the exoskeleton, he also likes to go to the gym or ride his hand bike. Koen works in close collaboration with the team throughout the whole process: from the first design steps to the actual training itself. At the CYBATHLON Challenge he will start with the prototype MARCH VI.

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