Getting Back on Track competition winner announced

The winner of the 2017/2018 Getting Back on Track competition is Kristen Tapping, a product design student at London South Bank University.

Her design is an innovative wheelchair, ‘Moveo’. We loved her idea for two main reasons:

  1. It was research-backed and thoughtfully designed for the needs and abilities of people with spinal cord injuries.
  2. It uses an ingenious method of propulsion that means the user doesn’t have to touch the wheel.

The Moveo makes moving easy through:

  • gear reduction for streamlined use
  • lightweight yet high-strength materials for durability
  • the innovative use of a spur gear to separate the wheel from the pushing rail
  • intelligent textiles to help regulate the user’s body temperature

It also has an ergonomically-designed seat with lumbar curvatures to promote proper posture, Infinergy® padding and Schoeller®-PCMTM textiles for heat absorption and release, as well as a breathable backrest. Kristen created three on-trend colourway options for her wheelchair, alongside organically-shaped, minimalist rail rims.

To learn more about the Moveo, watch this video about Kristen’s competition entry:


Kristen will receive £3,000 in prize money and the chance to undertake a week’s internship at the research centre of our charity partner, Cerebra. She has also won £2,000 for her university.


This was the inaugural Getting Back on Track competition run by the spinal injury team at leading law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. This student design competition is intended to encourage innovation and raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges facing people with a spinal cord injury.

Please find below the original brief, judging process and other details regarding the competition.

The brief

The idea of the competition is to design an invention aimed at improving the lives of people with a spinal cord injury – it can be something simple, like creating an easy way to change a lightbulb, or something more complex, like a dishwasher adapted for people with a spinal cord injury to use with ease.

We’re looking for something new, unique and practical, which really considers the needs of people with a spinal cord injury.

To learn more about the sorts of challenges facing people with spinal cord injuries, watch our video:


Useful information about spinal cord injury:

Who can enter

This competition is open to individual students and teams of up to four. Individuals can be undergraduates or postgraduates, from any higher education institution, college or university in the United Kingdom.

How to enter

We would like all entries to show three key steps:

  1. The problem to be solved
  2. The journey the student went on to solve the problem and the development process
  3. The final design – the name of the invention, a description of how it works and how it will help those with a spinal cord injury

These three important steps can be expressed in a number of ways:

  • A series of 3-4 A3-sized PDFs detailing the problem, the development process and final design
  • A video, 5 minutes or less, uploaded privately to YouTube which again, details the problem to be solved, the development process, and final design
  • A combination of words and images portraying the three stages delivered as a PDF document (max, 3-4 pages). This can include early sketches, photographs and CAD renderings.
This competition is now closed.

Key dates

  • 6th December 2017: Competition opens
  • 21st May 2018: Competition closes
  • June 2018: Entries judged
  • July 2018: Shortlisted entries announced and award ceremony in London

The judging process

We are looking for an innovative product which will make a real difference to the life of someone with a spinal cord injury.

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts, including our charity partner Cerebra, to see if it:

  • Is original;
  • Has really considered the needs of people with a spinal cord injury;
  • Solves a practical, day-to-day problem for an individual with a spinal cord injury;
  • Demonstrates commercial awareness and is viable

The prize

The winning entry will receive £3,000 for the individual student / team and £2,000 for the student’s / team’s university.

Cerebra is also offering the winner or a member of the winning team a week’s placement at their research centre in Wales.

Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support. Part of the charity’s work is to design bespoke equipment to meet families’ needs at their innovation centre.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be students, either undergraduates or postgraduates, from any higher education institution, college or university in the United Kingdom.
  • Only one entry per person /per team will be considered.
  • If the entry is submitted by a team, all members of the team (four people maximum) should attend the same university and read the same subject.
  • The entry must be the student’s / teams’ own work.
  • Late submissions will not be considered.
  • In order for universities to qualify for their share of the final prize we ask the institution to actively promote the competition on their public websites/blogs.
  • Whilst Bolt Burdon Kemp claims no intellectual property rights (these remain with the entrant / entrants), we reserve the right to retain designs to display on the Bolt Burdon Kemp website and use in relevant PR / promotional material. Entrants should be aware that by displaying the design publicly it would most likely void any claim to ownership of the intellectual property and therefore they should seek to cover themselves should they so wish.
  • Winner(s) will also be required to agree to the use of their name and photograph in promotional activity related to the competition and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Bolt Burdon Kemp relating to any related competition publicity.
  • Prize winner(s) will be notified by email. Return of this email as undeliverable or failure to reply within 14 days may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner(s).
  • Prizes are non-transferable. Please note the workplace with Cerebra is only available to an individual – if a team wins the placement, the team members must nominate an individual to take the placement.

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