The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge

Challenge Description

Propose sensors or other solutions to detect signs related to a stroke, heart attack or diabetic event of a vehicle passenger or driver.

Who Should Participate?

  • Technology providers
  • Researchers/academics
  • Private-sector organizations
  • Ventures/start-ups

Opportunity

  1. Top 3 Finalists will pitch at Toronto’s Health Innovation Week
  2. 1 Winner will receive $25,000 USD and the opportunity to collaborate on future projects with Faurecia, a global tech company

Click here for Contest Rules 

What’s Happening Now?

Congratulations to the winner of the Challenge: BioSense! Read more about their innovative technology, and the solutions from finalist teams Blueberry and Mercku, here.

 

28/02/2020Submission deadline
$25,000 USD

Overview

The automotive industry is experiencing a major transformation driven by societal and environmental trends leading to an acceleration of new mobility solutions. As a result, automakers are facing new challenges to make vehicles more intuitive, connected and personalized.

To meet evolving expectations, Faurecia’s vision for the Cockpit of the Future focuses on providing a more versatile, predictive and connected environment that aims to personalize the journey and enable occupants to make the most of their time on board, and feel better at the end of their journey than at the beginning.

One aspect of this improved user experience involves the collection and analysis of physiological data on the driver and passengers of the vehicle. In particular: incorporating non-invasive technologies, such as sensors, that can detect outliers on signs, symptoms and biomarkers related to emergency medical incidents such as strokes, heart attacks, and diabetic events (e.g. hypoglycemic episode). Through detection of signs related to these medical events, there is vast potential to enhance vehicle safety for everyone on and near the road.

 

About Faurecia

Faurecia is a global ($20B) technology company that designs and manufactures interior systems, seating systems, electronics, and clean mobility solutions for vehicles. One-third of all vehicles produced globally contain Faurecia’s technology. Looking towards the future, Faurecia’s innovation strategies are focused on making mobility more sustainable and enhancing life on board in vehicles.

Structure

The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge is looking for novel, non-invasive, methods of detecting abnormalities in vehicle occupants’ physiology — all with the goal of reducing emergency medical events and increasing road safety.

Specifically, this challenge is looking for hardware sensors, software technologies, or hardware/software solutions which can:

I. Detect at least one sign, symptom or biomarker* related to one or more of the following medical events:

                 i) Stroke (e.g. face drooping, slurred speech, dizziness, impaired vision, severe headache etc.)

                 ii) Heart attack (e.g. heart rate, pulse, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, cardiac troponin etc.)

                 iii) Diabetic event, such as a hypoglycemic episode (e.g. sweating, pallor, shakiness, blood glucose, etc.)

See here for more signs, symptoms and biomarkers.

II. Detect signs, symptoms or biomarkers in a non-invasive manner (e.g. no skin break, contact with mucosa, or any internal body cavity)

III. Have the potential to be integrated into the interior of a vehicle (see FAQ for more details)

IV. Have a technology readiness level (TRL) minimum of 3 if it is a purely software solution or TRL minimum of 4 if it is a strictly hardware solution or software-hardware combination solution

IMPORTANT!

  • The solution should not diagnose a stroke, heart attack or diabetic event
  • The solution cannot be a regulated medical device and/or technology

Prizing

Health Innovation Week

Up to three finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions during Toronto’s Health Innovation Week (March 30 – April 03 2020). Health Innovation Week is Canada’s largest gathering of health-ecosystem startups, investors and other stakeholders, with over 7,000 attendees from 25 countries connecting to commercialize ideas, grow the economy and save lives.

One representative from each finalist team will be reimbursed up to $750 USD for travel expenses related to attending Health Innovation Week for their pitch presentation.

Grand Prize

The challenge winner will be selected and announced after the Challenge pitch event at Health Innovation Week. The winner will be awarded $25,000 USD as well as have the opportunity to collaborate on future projects with Faurecia. The subjects, terms and conditions of the project work will be determined between Faurecia and the winner at time of prize dissemination. Please see the Contest Rules for further information about the Challenge prize.

How to enter

Innovators must complete the following steps to enter this challenge:

  • Create a profile on marschallenges.com
  • Click “Accept Challenge” on the Faurecia Biosensing Safety webpage
  • Read and accept the Challenge contest rules, ensuring your organization meets the eligibility criteria
  • Download the Submission Form from the “Resources” tab
  • Upload the completed Submission Form by clicking “Submit Application” on the Faurecia Biosensing Safety webpage by February 28, 2020 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Timeline

Challenge launch (23/01/2020)

Download the Submission Form from the Resources tab.

Submission deadline (28/02/2020)

Submit completed Submission Form by 11:59 p.m. EST

Finalist pitch presentation (31/03/2020)

Taking place at Toronto’s Health Innovation Week

Winners Announcement (03/04/2020)

FAQ

The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge will allow for exposure of your organization and its technological solutions to a multibillion-dollar global company focused on advancing safety and developing the vehicle interior of the future. In addition, up to three finalists will be provided with exposure to thousands of health and technology companies and investors at Toronto’s Health Innovation Week. Finally, the grand prize winner will be provided $25,000 USD, as well as the opportunity to develop future projects with Faurecia.

Click here for a list of example signs related to a stroke, heart attack and diabetic event. In addition, you can find links to other websites which will provide further information on these emergency medical events under our “Resources” tab.

The inside of a vehicle (e.g. cockpit) is a unique environment, one in which multiple factors can impact the ability of certain technologies to operate. For example, there are physical limitations to the size of a vehicle, driving on the road creates vibration, and a constant changing external environment can cause fluctuations in interior light and temperature. In addition, technologies that rely on passenger interaction (e.g. touch) must overcome barriers such as clothing, car seats, and shifting passenger position.

This challenge is seeking solutions that have the potential to address the barriers listed above, while still being able to detect a sign, symptom or biomarker of a stroke, heart attack or diabetic event. Note: it is not required to have already tested your technology in a car, or similar environment.

See questions 13, 15, 18 and 19 in the Submission Form (under the “Resources” tab) for the information we’re looking for on the potential integration of your solution into a vehicle.

At minimum your solution must detect one sign, symptom or biomarker related to either stroke, heart attack or diabetic event. You are also eligible to propose solutions which:

  • Detect more than one sign, symptom, or biomarker, or;
  • Detect a sign, symptom, or biomarker that relates to more than one emergency medical event (e.g. stroke and diabetic event)

No. This Challenge is only seeking solutions which are able to detect signs, symptoms or biomarkers related to a stroke, heart attack or diabetic event. We are not accepting solutions which diagnose a stroke, heart attack and/or diabetic event, nor are we accepting solutions that are medically regulated devices. However, you can submit parts of a technology which is a medically regulated device, so long as what is proposed in your application (e.g. software or hardware) is not regulated.

You can find a list of the judging criteria at the following link.

As described in the Contest Rules, you may only enter the Challenge if at the time of entry, you meet all of the below requirements:

1) your proposed technology, invention or process is a lawful, original and novel innovation;

2) the technology, invention or process is your own work and you have the sole right to submit the innovation to the Challenge;

3) you are a legal resident of the United States of America or Canada (excluding residents of Quebec) and are above the legal age of majority in their legal place of residence OR they are a company which was incorporated in the United States of America or Canada, and the person who agrees to these terms on their behalf has the legal authority to do so;

4) you accept and will adhere to these Contest Rules (available when you click “Accept Challenge” on this webpage);

5) you are not currently employed by Faurecia or a Faurecia subcontractor or supplier or MaRS or any immediate families (i.e. their spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents and the spouses of those individuals) or household members (related or not) of Faurecia, a Faurecia subcontractor or supplier, or MaRS, and anyone otherwise connected with the Competition; and

6) if chosen as the winner of the Competition, you have the legal right to grant all required licenses to Faurecia with respect to the innovation.

The innovator will retain all intellectual property rights to their proposed technology, invention or process. For more details on intellectual property rights, please see the Contest Rules for more information.

No. All submissions are kept private and no details are shared with other competitors.

Only one submission is allowed per organization/team. It is up to your discretion to decide which solution to submit. Please note, however, that one solution can involve multiple technologies (e.g. a hardware and software component).

Innovators must complete the following steps to enter this challenge:

  1. Create a profile on marschallenges.com
  2. Click “Accept Challenge” on the Faurecia Biosensing Safety webpage
  3. Read and accept the Contest Rules, ensuring your organization meets the eligibility criteria
  4. Download the Submission Form from the Resources tab
  5. Upload the completed Submission Form by clicking “Submit Application” on the Faurecia Biosensing Safety webpage by February 28, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST

If you have any further questions, please contact the challenge coordinator at: challenges@marsdd.com.

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The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge Terms & Conditions

The Faurecia Biosensing Safety Challenge (the “Competition”) is organized by Faurecia USA Holdings, Inc. (“Faurecia”), and hosted by MaRS Discovery District (“MaRS”). Participation in the Competition is subject to the following terms and conditions (the “Competition Terms”). Faurecia is solely responsible for the Competition including but not limited to the Competition Terms, structure, judging, provision and fulfilment of prizing directly with the finalists and winner and compliance of the Competition with Applicable Laws, and each applicant fully and irrevocably releases the MaRS Entities (defined below) of all liability in these regards.  Any questions regarding the Competition shall be addressed to Faurecia at FaureciaVC@Faurecia.com. The submission of an application to participate in the Competition (an “Application”) constitutes acceptance by the Applicant(s) of the terms, conditions and provisions set out below.

 

1.     Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Competition, the Applicant hereby certifies that:

1) their proposed technology, invention or process is a lawful, original and novel innovation;

2) the technology, invention or process is their own work and they have the sole right to submit the innovation to the Competition;

3) they are a legal resident of the United States of America or Canada (excluding the residents of Quebec) and are above the legal age of majority in their legal place of residence OR they are a company which was incorporated in the United States of America or Canada, and the person who agrees to these terms on their behalf has the legal authority to do so;

4) they accept and will adhere to these Competition Terms;

5) they are not currently employed by Faurecia or a Faurecia subcontractor or supplier or MaRS (or a MaRS related entity) (MaRS and its related entities, collectively, the “MaRS Entities”) or any immediate families (i.e. their spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents and the spouses of those individuals) or household members (related or not) of Faurecia, a Faurecia subcontractor or supplier, or any MaRS Entity, and anyone otherwise connected with the Competition; and

6) if chosen as the winner of the Competition, they have the legal right to grant all required licenses to Faurecia with respect to the innovation.

 

2.     Application Process

An Applicant may enter the Competition by filling out the registration form at http://marschallenges.com/biosensing (the “Competition Website”), and providing the submission material as described in sections 3 and 4 below and any additional materials (collectively, the “Submission”). You must provide the required information accurately, and accept the terms and conditions displayed as part of the registration process.

Applications for the Competition begins on January 23rd , 2020 at 12:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on February 28th, 2020, or such later date as specified in writing by Faurecia (the “Application Deadline”).

Applications will only be processed through the Competition Website accessible through http://marschallenges.com/biosensing.  Faurecia reserves the right to void or not accept any application due to ineligibility or for any other reason in its sole discretion.

By entering the Competition, you consent to the collection of the Application by MaRS on behalf of Faurecia and agree that MaRS will have full access to the Application and the right to share any or all of the Application with Faurecia’s affiliates or advisors.

Applicants may be contacted by the telephone number or the email address associated with the user profile which submitted the Application on the Competition Website, or through the email address(es) provided in the Application, at the option of Faurecia and MaRS. Up to three (3) attempts will be made to contact the Applicants.

Faurecia and the MaRS Entities accept no liability for incorrect or incomplete contact information provided by an Applicant. If an Applicant cannot be contacted in the manner described above or fails to respond in a timely manner, their Application will receive no further consideration by Faurecia.

There is a limit of one Application per person and per company for the Competition.  Subsequent entries will be disqualified.  All Applications must be received through the Competition Website by the Application Deadline.  Applications are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance of their Application to the Competition upon successful submission of their application to the Competition Website prior to the Application Deadline.

Faurecia and MaRS assume no responsibility for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, or the failure of any application to be received by MaRS on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof.

All costs incurred by the Applicant in preparing an Application and participating in the Competition will be assumed entirely by the Applicant.

 

3. Your Application

The Application you develop in connection with the Competition must meet all of the following criteria:

  • It must not contain, depict or refer to any crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content (all as determined by Faurecia in its sole discretion).
  • It must not contain, depict or refer to any content which disparages or refers negatively to Faurecia, MaRS, the Competition, or any other person or entity (all as determined by Faurecia in its sole discretion).
  • It must not conflict with any of Faurecia’s core values, or otherwise be objectionable to Faurecia (as determined by Faurecia in its sole discretion).
  • It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights).
  • It must meet all other guidelines and criteria listed on the Competition Website.

Faurecia may disqualify any Application if Faurecia determines (in its sole discretion) that the Application does not comply with the above requirements or otherwise with these rules.

 

4. Additional Representations and Warranties

By submitting an Application to the Competition, you represent and warrant that:

  • you are the original creator of the Application;
  • you are the sole owner of the copyright and all other rights in the Application;
  • Faurecia and MaRS will not infringe or violate any third party rights (including without limitation intellectual property, privacy, personality and any other rights) not violate any applicable laws when Faurecia and/or MaRS copies, displays, edits, modifies, transmits or otherwise uses that Application in connection with the Competition or the publication of the Competition or any future Faurecia or MaRS event; and,
  • you and the Application meets all of the eligibility requirements set out in these Competition Terms, and otherwise comply with the Competition Terms.

 

5.     Release and Waiver

By submitting an Application to the Competition, each applicant releases, and agrees at all times to indemnify and hold harmless, Faurecia, its affiliates and subsidiaries, MaRS Entities, all committee members or Selection Committee members (as defined in these Competition Terms) appointed by them, and in each case their respective directors, officers, owners, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns, from: (i) any and all liability in connection with the Competition or resulting from participation in the Competition or the acceptance, possession or use of any prizing, including, without limitation, claims on the basis of infringement of intellectual property rights, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation,  invasion of privacy, or non-compliance with any Competition Terms; and (ii) any breach of a warranty, representation, obligation or agreement made by the Applicant in these Competition Terms.

By submitting an Application, the applicant grants Faurecia and MaRS the right to use his/her name, address, likeness, photograph, information about their Application, and statements in advertising and for other promotional or publicity purposes without further compensation.

Applications accepted to participate in the Competition will be referred to as “Participants” for the Competition. Applications will not be returned after submission.

 

6.     The Competition Selection & Participation Process

The Competition will be judged by a committee, selected by Faurecia, in its sole and absolute discretion, which will consist of entrepreneurs, executives, investors, or others deemed fit by Faurecia (the “Selection Committee”). All decisions made by the Selection Committee are final, except that Faurecia maintains the right to disqualify any Application that has been deemed to have violated these Competition Terms, or the spirit of the Competition. Faurecia maintains the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Application that raises a conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest or that would jeopardize the integrity of Faurecia or the Competition.

The Selection Committee will select up to three (3) Participants to be deemed finalists (“Competition Finalists”) in their sole discretion on or before March 15th, 2020, based on the criteria described on the Competition Website. These top three finalists will be eligible to participate in prizing and support as described below. The judging criteria are attached hereto as Exhibit A.

 

7.     Prizes and Support

Participants who have been selected as a Finalist will be notified by the e-mail address associated with the user profile which submitted the Application on the Competition Website, or through the email address(es) provided in the Application. In order for a Participant to be declared a Competition Finalist and be eligible for a prize, he or she must have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these rules, and must sign and deliver to MaRS (within 5 days after MaRS’ request) a standard Faurecia declaration and release form, which will include: a declaration of the entrant’s compliance with these rules, an acceptance of the prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other documentation that Faurecia or MaRS may require.

Faurecia may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and Faurecia may disqualify an entrant if Faurecia determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient. If the prize notification is returned as undeliverable or if a selected entrant does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these rules, Faurecia may disqualify the Finalist, and the Selection Committee will select a replacement Finalist.

The three Competition Finalists will then be invited to participate in a pitch event (the “Competition Event”) at MaRS Health Innovation Week, which will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on one date between March 30th, 2020 through to April 3rd, 2020.  Faurecia will reimburse one (1) person from each of the Finalist teams for travel expenses to attend the Health Innovation Week, up to a maximum of $750 USD.  The three Finalists will then participate in a pitch-style presentation at Health Innovation Week, with the sole winner of the Competition (the “Competition Winner”) being chosen by representatives from the Selection Committee and announced on or before April 3rd, 2020.

The Competition Winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000 USD.  The Participant who has been selected as the Competition Winner will be officially notified by e-mail through the e-mail address associated with the user profile which submitted the Application on the Competition Website, or through the email address(es) provided in the Application, by Faurecia. In order for a Participant to be declared a Competition Winner and be eligible for a prize, he or she must have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these rules, and must sign and deliver to Faurecia (within 10 days after Faurecia’s request) a standard declaration and release form, which will include: a declaration of the entrant’s compliance with these rules, an acceptance of the prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other documentation that Faurecia may require.

Faurecia may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other information or relevant documentation, and Faurecia may disqualify a Competition Winner if Faurecia determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient or has not been provided by the timeline specified by Faurecia. If the prize notification is returned as undeliverable or if a selected Participant does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these rules, Faurecia may disqualify the Participant, and the Selection Committee will select a replacement Competition Winner.

In addition to the cash prize, Faurecia may provide the successful Participant (i.e. Competition Winner) with access to Faurecia facilities and on-going mentorship and support.  Any such assistance provided by Faurecia will be provided to Participants at Faurecia’s sole discretion and on an “as is” basis, without any additional or further representation or warranty of any kind.

Faurecia and the Selection Committee and MaRS Entities shall incur no liability whatsoever with respect to any Applicants’ participation in the Competition or the awarding or non-awarding of the prizing.

 

8.     Not an Offer or Contract of Employment

Under no circumstances shall the submission of an Application, the awarding of the prize, or anything else in these Competition Terms be construed as an offer or contract of employment.  The Applicant acknowledges that they have submitted their Application voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust.  No fiduciary, agency or other relationship now exists between the Applicant and Faurecia or the MaRS Entities in connection with the Applicant’s submission of an Application or participation in the Competition.

 

9.     Disclosure and Ownership of Intellectual Property

Applicants will retain the intellectual property rights in their Applications.  However, as the Competition will take place in a public forum, submission of an Application and participation in the Competition should be considered a public disclosure. Applicants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented in their Application or during the selection process. Faurecia or any other persons involved in the Competition will not be asked to sign any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any information or mentorship provided by Faurecia to an Applicant during or preceding the Competition shall be considered confidential information and shall not be divulged by the Applicant without Faurecia’s prior consent.

Applicants and Participants acknowledge that it is their responsibility to take steps prior to submitting an Application to preserve their intellectual property rights in any subject matter contained therein.

The Applicant represents and warrants that Faurecia, or a Faurecia subcontractor or supplier, and MaRS, will not infringe or violate any third party’s intellectual property, privacy, personality or other rights when Faurecia or MaRS copies, displays, edits, modifies, transmits or otherwise uses that Application in connection with the Competition or the publication the Competition or any future Faurecia or MaRS event.

 

10.   Publishing and Promotion

Faurecia and MaRS reserves the right to publish information about the Applicants and their work, in publications or online, and to release information to the media, which may include radio, television, print media, and the Internet.  Any photographs or film footage or other media captured during the Competition Event will be the property of Faurecia and may be used by Faurecia, in their sole and absolute discretion, in any manner as it sees fit.

 

11.   Miscellaneous

Faurecia reserves the right to suspend, delay or cancel the Competition or to modify these terms and conditions for any reason or as required by applicable law.

Personal Information Consent

You consent to Faurecia and MaRS using and disclosing your personal information (or if you are a corporation, you consent on behalf of all individuals whose personal information is included in the Submission) for the purposes of administering the Competition; advertising the Competition and any future Competition and any of Faurecia and MaRS’ products and services; and for the other purposes described in these rules.

Law

These Competition Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan. If any provision of these Competition Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

Disputes

To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with the Competition are hereby excluded, and all Applicants expressly waive any and all such rights.

Exhibit A

Judging Criteria

The evaluation of the Applications will be reviewed, assessed and scored by the Selection Committee according to the below criteria. Each criterion will be rated on a scale of 1 – 5 where 1 is equal to “none”, and 5 is equal to “excellent”.

Criterion Description
Novelty To what extent does the organization provide a novel and competitive solution?

 

Technology To what extent does the solution provide an accurate and reliable method of measuring the intended sign(s), symptom(s), or biomarker(s)?

 

Impact To what extent does the solution have the potential to positively impact the health and safety of vehicle passengers?

 

Feasibility To what extent can the solution be realistically integrated into the vehicle interior?

 

Business viability To what extent does the solution have the potential to scale at an industrial level?

 

 

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