ASTM International to Sponsor 2024 Exo Games, Centered on First Responders

ASTM International’s Exo Technology Center of Excellence (ET CoE) is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Exo Games, an initiative to improve student involvement and education in the exo technologies industry. NIST is partnering with ASTM ET CoE through a CRADA agreement to develop the underpinning metrology for exoskeletons and promote student STEM involvement.

All competitions in this year’s games will include simulated first responder activities, covering law enforcement, firefighting, bomb squads, Urban Search and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Knowledge gained from these games will help further develop exoskeleton requirements for applications in emergency response and unstructured environments.

The Exo Games is a competition open to teams of students from one, or multiple universities, colleges, and/or technical schools. The competition is designed to connect participants with exo industry professionals, help build lifelong relationships, and gain hands-on experience with new exo standards.

Working in teams, students must construct a self-contained exoskeleton using a project specification provided to them. From this specification, they must produce a design solution, build it, test it with the predefined standards from ASTM’s exoskeletons and exosuits committee (F48), and compete to win a grand prize.

A cash prize will be awarded to first and second place winners ($5,000 and $1,000 respectively). ASTM reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges.

Interested teams must submit a Team Description Paper by April 5th2024 at 11:59 p.m., EST through the ET CoE website. The competition will be held from Aug. 5-9, 2024, at the ASTM International headquarters in West Conshohocken, PA.

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Established in 2019, ASTM’s Center of Excellence in Exo Technology (ET CoE) focuses on accelerating exo standards through research, education, workforce development, training certifications, and connecting global exo communities.

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