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The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) member Dr Lilia ROMDHANE from the Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte (University of Carthage), Tunisia, in cooperation with AGYA alumnus Dr Tobias REDLICH, from the Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany in collaboration with Ecole Supérieure Privée d’Ingénierie et de Technologies, (ESPRIT), in Tunisia are pleased to announce the InnovationH Competition.

This competition is open to help people with mobility issues to have an easier life. Mobility allows people to live at home, travel outside, and navigate their own life without waiting for the help or transportation of other. To be mobile means to be independent. For those with mobility issues (elder persons, disabled patient lacking sufficient strength or muscle control), something as apparently simple as getting in and out of the bath, bed, toilet or car, would require the constant physical assistance of a person (family member, nurse, care provider).

This manual lifting act is dangerous for all the people involved, leading to back pain or other injuries for the patient and the care provider. In addition, the privacy of the affected individual is often compromised, leading to embarrassment and discomfort for the person in need of care. Mobility hoists or mobile patient lifts have been designed as a fantastic aid for assisting with the care of a limited-mobility person. They can be handled by one person safely. As such devices are often unwieldy, carrying the mobile patient lift in addition to the wheelchair is difficult when leaving home. Therefore, the social and even the professional life of the disabled individual are compromised as he/she is deprived from travels, having holidays, and attending training courses and seminars.

The InnovationH Competition challenges candidates to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical lifting solutions for people with mobility impairment from developing countries for indoor and outdoor uses. The lifting specifications consist on the following: design and prototype of a patient lifting device with the following functionalities and properties:

The desired mobile patient lift …

  • will be capable of being operated by one person with a small force,
  • will be safe for both patients (takes into consideration the severity of the handicap) and caregiver,
  • will be light, small, compact, and portable
  • will be used in the home even in narrow places and low-height places (low-height bed, for example)
  • lift a person from the floor
  • lift a person into and out of the car
  • can be stored in the boot of a car
  • enables holidays to be taken
  • can be taken onto a plane/train/ship
  • easily transported
  • be made of innovative and low-coast materials

Candidate application:

Each person from Germany and Arab countries interested in solving problems/challenges is eligible. Therefore, persons coming from different discipline including architecture, arts, business, computer science, engineering, industrial design, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, … are welcome to apply. Therefore, the workshop is opened to anyone with the interest in proposing or creating an open source appropriate technological solution to the identified accessibility/lifting issues.


    Number of participants and selection criteria:

    At the end of the first step of the competition, a short online seminar will be organized during which 20 candidate teams (each team formed by maximum 3 persons will pitch their solutions to the problem launched during the competition. The 5 best designs will be retained for the second phase of the project which consists of the fabrication of the prototype that will be held in Tunisia. 


    • 25 September 2020: Reception of all the applicant projects.
    • End of September 2020: End of the pre-selection process. The 20 best-evaluated designs will be selected for an idea pitch
      during the Phase I online seminar on 2 – 3 October 2020. Candidates will be contacted.


    How to register :

    The individual candidates or candidate teams are welcomed to fill  the registration form and to specify their team names. They are also invited to download the project template and fill it. The link to the project has to be mentioned in the registration form.

    The individual candidates or candidate teams are also invited to produce a 3-minute video of their project ideas and to use an upload link (dropbox, googledrive, etc.) in the corresponding field.

    For people interested to attend the online seminar as visitors or guests, they are invited to fill the same registration form by ignoring the following fields: Team names (only for applicants), Link of the project ( only for applicants), Link of the project video (only for applicants).




    Second place

    1,200 €

    First place

    1,500 €

    Third place

    1,000 €

    Preliminary program

    Phase I event:  InnovationH  Competition online seminar

    Selection Committee: Dr Lilia ROMDHANE (FSB), Dr Mohamed Amine Cheriaa (ESPRIT),  Dr Moncef Ghiss (ENISo), Dr Taysir Rezgui (ENIB), Dr Tobias Redlich (Helmut Shmidt University) 




    DAY 1: Online conference sessions and training 

    2 October 2020

    08:00 – 09:30     Participant online registration

    09:30 – 09:45     Opening ceremony and welcoming

    09:45 – 10:05     Conference Talk I: Khadija JALLOULI (Tunisia, HawKar Founder)

    10:05 – 10:25     Conference Talk II: Dr Tobias REDLICH (Germany)

    10:25 – 11:00     Coffee break

    11:00 – 11:20     Conference  Talk III:  Dr Taysir Rezgui (Tunisia, ENIB)

    11:20 – 11:45     Conference Talk IV: Raouf BEN AISSA (Tunisia)

    11:45 – 13:30     Lunch

    13:30 – 15:30     Training session I: “Make the perfect pitch for your project” (Dr Jihen Rezgui, ESPRIT)

    15:30 – 16:00     Coffee break

    16:30 – 18:00     Training session II: “Workshop on SOLIDWORK”  (Dr Moncef Ghiss, ENISo) 

    18.00                    Dinner



    DAY 2: Online pitch presentation and selection of the 5 best designs 

    3 October 2020

    09:00 – 10:30   Pitching Ideas and Concepts I 

    10:30 – 11:00   Coffee break

    11:00 – 12:30   Pitching Ideas and Concepts II 

    12:30 – 14:00   Lunch

    14:00 – 16:00   Pitching Ideas and Concepts III 

    16:00 – 16:30   Coffee break

    16:30 – 17:30   Deliberation and announcement of the 5 best designs to be prototyped

    18:00                 Dinner



    Phase II event: InnovationH competition fabrication workshop (Venue: ESPRIT)

    The workshop will run for 6 full days from 22 to 27 March 2021


    Mentors: Dr Mohamed Amine Cheriaa (ESPRIT), Dr Taysir Rezgui (ENIB), Dr Moncef Ghiss (ENISo)



    DAY 1:

    22 March 2021

    09:00 – 10:00     Participant registration

    10:00 – 12:00     Lab visit at ESPRIT

    12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

    13:30 – 18:00     Fabrication

    18:00                   Dinner

    DAY 2:

     23 March 2021

    08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

    09:00 – 12:00     Fabrication

    12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

    13:30 – 18:00     Fabrication

    18:00                   Dinner

    DAY 3:  

    24 March 2021

    08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

    09:00 – 12:00     Fabrication

    12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

    13:30 – 18:00     Fabrication

    18:00                   Dinner

    DAY 4:  

    25 March 2021

    08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

    09:00 – 12:00     Fabrication

    12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

    13:30 – 18:00     Fabrication

    18.00                   Diner

    DAY 5:

    26 March 2021

    08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

    09:00 – 12:00     Fabrication

    12:00 – 13:30     Lunch

    13:30 – 18:00     Fabrication

    18:00                   Diner

    DAY 6:

    27 March 2021

    08:00 – 09:00     Breakfast

    09:00 – 12:00     Announcement of the winner and price distribution

    12:00                   Lunch and closure of the workshop

    14:00                   Departure of Tunisian Team


    The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is based at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) in Egypt. It was established in 2013 and is the first bilateral young academy worldwide. AGYA promotes research cooperation among outstanding early-career researchers from all disciplines who are affiliated with a research institution in Germany or in any Arab country. The academy supports the innovative projects of its members in various fields of research as well as in science policy and education. Currently, 50 members – in equal number Arab and German scholars – realize joint projects and initiatives. AGYA is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and various Arab cooperation partners.