CYBATHLON – Moving People and Technology



The CYBATHLON is a unique initiative
taking the shape of an international competition
where people with disabilities & advanced technology developpers team up
to resolve tasks of daily life.

This autumn, the team that won the first CYBATHLON
comes for the first time to Japan to present
its latest wheelchair going up and down stairs

Meet the “pilot” controlling the technology and the team engineers
at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo!




(ETH Zürich/Alessandro Della Bella)

 • The Swiss Team HSR Enhanced will give a demonstration of its wheelchair going up and down stairs from October 17 to October 21 at Tokyo Big Sight.

 • Florian Hauser, HSR Enhanced pilot, and the team led by Prof. Christian Bermes will be waiting for you at the Demonstration & Experience Area and at the booth of the Swiss Embassy and Maxon Motors Japan !

 • Come listen to Lukas Jaeger from CYBATHLON giving a talk on October 19 at 14:00.
‣ Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, East 6 Hall, Demonstration & Experience Area 
‣ Booth: E-23/E-33 Embassy of Switzerland in Japan ※CYBATHLON & Maxon Motors Japan
‣ Entry: Register here (free of charge)
‣ Exhibition hours: 10:00 – 17:00

*Demo Schedule*

11:00 ~ Demonstration by the pilot (Going up and down stairs)
13:00~ Introduction to the technology (Powered Wheelchair)
15:00~ Demonstration by the pilot (Going up and down stairs)

Access to Tokyo Big Sight:

Prior to this event, the workshop “Dialogue towards an Inclusive Society – Switzerland and Japan” will also be held on October 16 (Tuesday) 15:00 – 18:30. Click here for more information and to register. 

Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, Science & Technology Office Tokyo

World Robot Summit

The World Robot Summit (WRS), which takes place in the form of a competition and an exhibition, is a national project initiated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). With “Robotics for Happiness” as its slogan, WRS aims at showing to the general public and in an accessible way how robots can solve the real challenges faced in the society.



(ETH Zürich/Alessandro Della Bella)

The CYBATHLON is an initiative from the ETH Zurich, where people with disabilities compete in an international competition with the help of advanced robotic technology. The first edition took place in October 2016 in Zurich, and the second one with all 6 disciplines will be held in May 2020 in Zurich.

More than a competition
CYBATHLON is not only a competition. What makes CYBATHLON unique is its focus on “daily life”. All the tasks that pilots encounter are actions necessary in everyday life.

The engineers and pilots (people with disabilities controlling the technology) work together to develop practical and useful technology. 

Through the competition, CYBATHLON aims at breaking down the barriers between the public, people with disabilities and technology developers, while encouraging discussion about equality, inclusion and diversity