Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering

CAT recognized for innovation

August 5, 2009

The Center for Assistive Technology has been named INDATA’s 2009 “Assistive Technology Innovation” award winner. The award is given to a company or organization that has created an innovative device of system in the area of assistive technology, said Wade Wingler, director of Assistive Technology at INDATA. “I think the CAT project exemplifies the spirit of innovation and is deserving of this award.”

CAT is funded by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to build innovation capacity in the assistive technology market. The first CAT Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp was held in April; a second workshop will be held on August 6 in conjunction with the INDATA conference. The catHUB has been a significant focus of the group’s effort. The hub unites assistive technology users, researchers, and innovators. In addition to providing information to each group, it also facilitates discussions among groups. Users can let innovators know about unmet needs. Innovators and researchers can solicit feedback on products or prototypes from users.

The award will be presented at INDATA’s conference on August 7 at the Indiana Convention Center. The conference is open to the public and more information is available at www.eastersealscrossroads.org.

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