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Rochester Residents Win in First Assistive Technology Challenge

Rochester Residents Win in First Assistive Technology Challenge Photo: Assistive Technology Challenge.

November 03, 2018 10:12 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Two Rochester residents took top honors in the Open Division of the first-ever Assistive Tech Challenge on Saturday.

Nicholas Elliott and Cody Schmidt designed a wheelchair compatible grocery cart which they dubbed, "Adapt-A-Cart." The device provides an adaption on grocery carts for the wheelchair user that is light, compact, assistive and easily attachable and detachable. Elliott and Schmidt say the device allows wheelchair users to easily shop with a standard grocery cart from the comfort of their own chair.

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AbleKitchen from Minneapolis placed second in the Open Division. Vitals Aware Services, Inc. and Mobility 4 All - both from Minneapolis took top honors in the Professional Division.

First place teams in the Open and Professional divisions were awarded $5,000 by The Arc Minnesota. Second place teams received $2,500 from the Arc Minnesota. All first and second place teams are automatically eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

Thirteen teams came from the greater Rochester area, the Twin Cities and nationally from Naples, Florida. University teams participating included: University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University Mankato and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

The Assistive Tech Challenge was presented by Destination Medical Center Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face.
 

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