Bolt Burdon Kemp’s Getting Back on Track Competition launches

December 8, 2017
Raquel Siganporia - Partner in the Spinal Injury Team

Posted by: Raquel Siganporia


We are very excited to announce the launch of Bolt Burdon Kemp’s new student design competition, which is intended to encourage innovation and raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges facing people with a spinal cord injury.

Our specialist team acts for people with a spinal cord injury and the idea of this competition is to design a product 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 light bulb, or something more complex, like a dishwasher adapted for people with a spinal cord injury to use with ease.

The competition launched on 06 December 2017 and closes on 21 May 2018. The winning entry will receive a £3,000 prize, along with £2,000 for their university and the chance to take a week’s placement at Cerebra’s research centre. This competition is open to individual students and teams of up to four. This can be undergraduates or postgraduates, from any higher education institution, college or university in the United Kingdom.

For the full brief and terms & conditions, please visit the Getting Back on Track competition page.

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts, including specialists in the field of spinal cord injury and product design.

Commenting on the launch of Bolt Burdon Kemp’s Getting Back on Track Competition, Raquel Siganporia, Head of the Spinal Injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said:

“In my role I see lots of people who have suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries, be it from an accident or as a result of clinical negligence.  In these instances my client needs to adjust to their injury, their new mobility needs and get back to their ‘new normal’ as soon as possible.

“We’ve launched this competition to invite design students to come up with a new product which can help a person with a spinal cord injury day-to-day. All too often; it’s a simple, everyday task which can be an issue for somebody with a spinal cord injury.

“To help the students understand the specific challenges, we’ve produced a video (insert link) which shows four people with different spinal cord injuries discussing their day-to-day issues and the variety of needs people with a spinal cord injury have as it’s not the same for everyone. I’m very excited to see the designs the students come up with.”

Posted by: Raquel Siganporia

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