As part of the Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC), the Innovation Design Challenge (IDC) is designed to encourage young participants to combine their understanding of day-to-day life with robotics and to fully utilize their imagination to develop robotics ideas in all aspects of their lives. Each year, there is a specific theme assigned to the IDC and participants have about six months to choose a topic, design a solution and build a robot to implement their solution.
The theme of this year’s IDC is “Healthcare with Robotics”. Participants are expected to design a robot that can directly or indirectly provide assistance to various healthcare scenarios. Please note that for IDC, “healthcare” is defined as “the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people”. Examples of healthcare scenarios include ambulance services, emergency care, inpatient care, surgeries, intensive care, home and community care etc.