2018 Official Rules of the Handitec Competition ENGLISH and INSCRIPTION

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HANDITEC (Exhibition of Technologies for the Handicapped), an Association under the 1901 law n° 7526, located at the Centre de Réadaptation , Route de Liverdy, CD 96, 77170 COUBERT is organizing a Competition on Innovation, with 6500€ prizes and  a trophy. The event will take place from 12 to 14th June 2018 within the framework of the 15e European Exhibition on the Handicapped and Rehabilitation (AUTONOMIC) at the Parc des Expositions of Paris, Porte de Versailles (Hall 4 - Ground Level).  


The competition is open to:  

  1. Anybody able to present a project potentially aiming at promoting or improving one way or another the well being of the elderly, the disabled or the blind (or amblyopes).  
  2. All students of Architecture, Design, "Applied arts", Electronics and professionals of these sectors.  
  3. Industrialists and creators willing to offer to a wide range of users homogenous products and lines of products.  
  4. Researchers.   The registration card enclosed or a photocopy should be sent back before the 25th March 2018. 


a) To induce creators to work towards the improvement of comfort and accessibility for all, and in particular for the handicapped, the elderly and the sensory disabled.  

b) To study and promote products and ranges of products for BETTER LIVING, i.e. items or fittings of common use, likely to accommodate everybody.    


The general theme must be connected to the work, the life at home in urban or country surroundings of any disabled individual (the elderly, the physically handicapped and the blind) and cover any aspect of the following areas:

A THEME :               "Mobility in all these states:"

  • The everyday mobility through, constructions, elements of roads, transport, all types of systems that facilitates the life of all,
  • Construction and layout for ease of mobility and traffic
  • Application or software projects to facilitate mobility
  • Hardware & Accessories


a) ARCHITECTURE - Lodging and building : general concept, - Interior environment: furniture, doors, shutters, opening and closing devices, sanitary, taps, - Working conditions (space and equipment) - Exterior environment: home access, ramps, stairs, elevators, urban space, - In a more general sense, any concept increasing accessibility to buildings, - New public buildings (theatres, cinemas), - Public or private buildings to be renovated (project based on the  existing structure).   Imagine the most frequent situations the handicapped find themselves in. You are being asked to realize a project giving free access to everybody anywhere (a person with a child, a baby carriage, a caddie, an elderly person, somebody in a wheelchair or who has trouble walking, a blind person, a deaf person) at home or outside.  

b) DESIGN - ERGONOMY   Objects or ranges of objects improving  

  • Everyday life (physical care, housekeeping)
  • Communication with others, be they close or far away,
  • Transports (canes, wheelchairs, means of transport  in general),
  • Handling and grasping of functional objects of everyday life,
  • Work,
  • Leisure,   To allow accessibility of existing equipment and services to the elderly and the handicapped. To find some innovations.  


It would be advisable to demonstrate the functioning of the model presented.   The functional, aesthetic, novelty and economic criteria will determine the selection of proposed models. They should enhance as much as possible any means of solving a particular difficulty in a given environment which can provide further opportunities for all users. Wherever the environment is improved, the actual handicap becomes less disabling.     The best realizations and experimental research or applied projects in very diversified sectors such as education, work and leisure will be appreciated.  


The competition involves 6 500 € in prizes dispatched as follows:        

  • 1st Prize :   3 000 €                         
  • 2nd Prize :  1 500 €               
  • 3rd Prize :   1 000 €  

The HANDITEC prizes will be awarded on the 14th June 2018  by the HANDITEC Jury. Jury has the possibility to adjust prizes for students within the limit of 5 500€. For foreign students, an IBAN is required to receive the prize.

PUBLIC VOTE: visitors will select their favourite project.


This prize is dedicated to Monique Vincent (Secretary General of Handitec) who after more than 25 years of companionship of our association, left us in August 2017. May this award be a tribute!

This one will receive a 1000€ prize.    


Registration cards must be sent before the 25th March 2018 to the following address:                                                  HANDITEC M Jean Paul BAGNA Responsable du Concours       D96 - Route de Liverdy       77170 COUBERT - FRANCE  
Tél : 33 (0)7 83 60 83 33 (leave a message on the answering machine in case of absence)
You can register on the WEB at : Email:  


PROJECTS   - One or two models for the architects and one or two pre-prototypes or models for the designers. They should fit on an 80/50 cm stand (maximum), no other dimensions will be accepted.  

  • One or two rigid panels (70 x 70 cm maximum) to present explicitly and aesthetically the project.   The name of the candidates should be mentioned on the rear side of the projects numbered according to the selection sequence to be presented anonymously to the HANDITEC jury.   The candidates' name and address can be specified on a removable card.  
  • An explanatory file of the projects on 10   original samples including 5 or 6 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm with colour or black and white photographs for publications, advertising, promotion and presentation to public and industrial authorities.   These files must be sent to Coubert before the 25th March 2018 so that the projects can be presented to the  preselecting  Jury on the 9th April 2016.   


The candidates should be present or send their panels and models before the 25th March 2018 to M Jean Paul BAGNA, in charge of the Competition, at the HANDITEC premises, together with the explanatory file on their project.   The preselecting jury will meet on the 12th April 2018.   


The selected candidates will be given notice and will be able to explain their proposals if the preselecting jury requires it in view of the final selection. Final project must be delivered at 5 rue du lavoir 77170 Brie Comte ROBERT on 25st May  2018.  


Final project must be delivered at 5 rue du lavoir 77170 Brie Comte ROBERT on 25st May  2018.  


The HANDITEC Grand Jury will meet under the chairmanship of Ministry of Culture and Communication, on AUTONOMIC Exhibition in Hall 4, Competition stand, in the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles   The prizes will be awarded on the 14th June 2018 at 14:30 


The candidates must be present everyday and especially on the 12th  June in the morning, in order to explain their projects, and in the afternoon, for the prize-awarding ceremony. We strongly recommend that the candidates remain at the exhibition during the entire three days. 


The Jury will be under the honorary Presidency of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.   The Jury will include:   Doctor Pascal CHARPENTIER, CMPR of Coubert, President

Currently being validated


This document has been countersigned by Maître OLIVEAU, Notary, 4, place de la Révolution, 77680 Roissy en Brie.  


The models which are left behind at the  HANDITEC premises, at the Porte de Versailles on 14th June 2018 or thereafter in Coubert will be destroyed on the 12th September 2018.  


The candidates are responsible for copyrights and patents for their projects. They remain the sole owners of their creations.      


By taking part in the competition, the candidates agree that their projects will be used for their own promotion and promotion of the actual competition. They also agree to remain in touch with HANDITEC in order to facilitate such promotion. The organizers HANDITEC and AUTONOMIC will ensure a wide press coverage. The photographs taken by the organizers will be freely used by HANDITEC. Projects will be presented by the media (television channels, newspapers, radios...) during the exhibition and afterwards.        


The presentation of panels is anonymous. Each candidate is given a number corresponding to his project presented to the Jury.  


Actif-HANDITEC cannot be held responsible if the competition is cancelled,  postponed or interrupted.  


Candidates must agree to leave their project exhibited from the  12th June 9 a.m. to the 14th  June 2018 17 p.m.  


To take part in the competition, each candidate should aware of the present document stating its regulations and accept the clauses and measures involved as well as the sovereign decisions taken by the Jury.  


The prize-winners commit themselves to inform Handitec about the evolution of their project.
TO ACCESS   HANDITEC at COUBERT – Centre de Réadaptation de Coubert., Route de Liverdy – D 96, 77170 COUBERT Near Brie-Comte-Robert, on N 19 at the east of Paris. Autoroute de l'Est Train Station at Gretz HANDITEC at PARIS - PORTE DE VERSAILLES - SALON AUTONOMIC - HALL 4 - Ground Floor. Métro : PORTE DE VERSAILLES         Mle Julie Guérin   In charge of Competition  


 HANDITEC at COUBERT – Centre de Réadaptation de Coubert., Route de Liverdy – D 96, 77170 COUBERT Near Brie-Comte-Robert, on N 19 at the east of Paris. Autoroute de l'Est Train Station at Gretz


CONTACT US: M Jean Paul BAGNA   In charge of Competition