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The Arc MinnesotaSoutheast Region is pleased to present our second annual Assistive Technology Expo. The 2018 expo will feature expanded programs, added attractions and exciting new partnerships with Destination Medical Center (DMC),  Mayo Clinic disABILITIES Resource Group and Minnesota STAR Program.

DISCOVER AMAZING!  Exhibits showcasing the latest assistive technology products and services  + Keynote speaker Nicolas Dibble (TEDxZumbroRiver 2017)  +  Expert panel discussions  +  The Assistive Tech Challenge, a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square

To schedule/register:  1) Sign up to create a Sched account for the event here: https://atexpo2018.sched.com/signup 
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Introducing: The Assistive Tech Challenge
The 2018 Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition being held  as  part of the The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region Assistive Technology Expo. It is being presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. The Challenge is also intended to strengthen their ability to live more independently and help reduce the direct support workforce crisis confronting communities in the region and across the United States. VIEW TEAM APPLICATION

The Assistive Tech Challenge seeks solutions to:
  • Alleviating barriers to employment;
  • Reducing the need for and/or easing the demands of direct support on care providers;
  • Developing social skills that better enable people with and without disabilities to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and
  • Improving access to the community through public infrastructure.

Event Details:
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Assistive Technology Expo  at the Heintz Center in Rochester, Minnesota
Expo Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Assistive Tech Challenge Pitch Competition: 12 noon – 3:30 p.m.

Who can participate:
Anyone interested in forming a team and developing innovative Assistive Technology solutions that would allow people with visible and invisible disabilities to live more independently, engage in productive employment, and participate in community life.
There are two divisions:
  • Open (community-based teams and students)
  • Professional (corporations formed with annual revenues not exceeding $250,000)
Innovations in both personal technology and the public realm/public infrastructure will be encouraged. Teams will be asked to address the following questions in a five-minute presentation to an expert panel of judges, followed by three minutes of Q&A:
  • What problem are you solving?
  • How are you solving the problem?
  • Why is your team the one to solve it?
  • What do you need to develop a minimally viable product (MVP)?

$15,000 will be awarded by The Arc Minnesota to the first and second place winners in each division to further advance their idea. First Place will receive $5,000. Second Place will receive $2,500.
All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

All teams must submit an application to Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency by October 19, 2018. (Incomplete applications will not be accepted.)

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Additional questions can be sent to info@dmc.mn. Please include “AT Challenge” in the subject line