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Baloise supports social innovation in the Cybathlon
Blog Baloise supports social innovation in the Cybathlon
Dominik Marbet November 9, 2020

Baloise is supporting the Swiss start-up TWIICE at the international Cybathlon on November 13th and 14th. TWIICE develops exoskeletons that allow people with spinal cord injury to stand up, walk and climb stairs, among others. Thanks to their modular construction, exoskeletons have a great potential to be used as aids in various areas of life.

The TWIICE team started developing exoskeletons five years ago at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and now has a modular exoskeleton that greatly improves the life of people with disabilities. The development of TWIICE is the kind of social innovation that fits in perfectly with Baloise's sustainability strategy, which is why we support the company in the global Cybathlon. The exoskeletons of TWIICE can not only help people with a spinal cord injury, but have a great potential to make a contribution to society. They enable all people with a disability to regain more autonomy in everyday life. At the global Cybathlon, TWIICE will compete with other developers of technical assistance systems.

Cybathlon as online event

At the ETH Zurich Cybathlon on November 13th and 14th, people with disability will be competing against each other. They will be supported by state-of-the-art technical assistance systems and will have to solve tasks relevant to everyday life. Due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus, this year's Cybathlon will take place in a new format, namely wherever the teams are at home. They set up their infrastructure for the competition themselves and film their races. Instead of starting directly next to each other, the pilots will therefore start individually and under the supervision of Cybathlon officials. 

The competitions and exciting background reports can be followed live on the Cybathlon platform (https://cybathlon.com). Baloise will be joining the TWIICE team in the excitement and is delighted that our commitment will enable an even wider audience to get an idea of the possibilities and innovative potential of TWIICE.

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