Allianz & Launch Forth want to change the view on mobility with their 3D printed devices

Allianz, the insurer, and co-creation platform Launch Forth launch a design challenge dedicated to the mobility and accessibility in sports with a focus on additive manufacturing. Participants will submit ideas and designs for adaptive mobility devices, like wheelchairs, in order to raise the playing field for people of all abilities. Those devices can also be adaptable to all.

The category encompasses two main projects, Super Human Sports and Mass Mobility. Jean-Marc Pailhol, head of group market management and distribution at Allianz SE said: “What we’re really trying to do here is change the conversation around mobility devices, taking something that is currently just a medical device and turning it into something sleek and customizable, similar to the way that prosthetics have changed and evolved into something to be shown off.”

As far as the firs project Super Human Sports, is concerned, participants will submit concept art showcasing their vision for the next extreme sport equipment that would allow athletes of varying abilities to compete together and push the boundaries of human ability to the extreme. Seven winners will receive a total of $10,000 in prizes. Submissions close Feb. 24, 2018.

As for Mass Mobility, il will have two phases with the brainstorming phase, now underway, and the product design challenge phase, beginning in Q1. The challenge focuses on the intersection of sports, style and leisure by tasking participants to come up with an active lifestyle device that can be customized to match a variety of lifestyles, needs and style choices. The concept needs to be submitted as a fully thought-out product design that can be prototyped via 3D printing.

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