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Rochester team wins big at Assistive Tech Challenge

Produced device to make shopping carts easier to use by people in wheelchairs.

Posted: Nov 4, 2018 11:25 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Rochester entry took first place in the Open Division at inaugural Assistive Tech Challenge.

“Adapt-A-Cart” is an attachment for grocery carts that allows people in wheelchair to easily use the carts for shopping. Nicholas Elliott and Cody Schmidt collaborated on the project.

AbleKitchen from Minneapolis placed second in the Open Division, which Vitals Aware Services, Inc. and Mobility 4 All, both from Minneapolis, took top honors in the Professional Division.

First place teams were awarded $5,000 and second place teams got $2,500 from The Arc Minnesota. All first and second place teams are automatically eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

The Assistive Tech Challenge was presented by Destination Medical Center Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face.

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