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Challenges Project Updates
As our Elevated Mobility Concept Design Challenge moves into the validation period we are excited to introduce our incredible judges  calvin.png Calvin Williams Calvin Williams is a lecturer for design and engineering in the United Kingdom. He is also a very active adrenaline pumping athlete and outdoorsman. In 2004 he had a serious climbing accident and spent approximately one year as wheelchair user.  He found some changes in his environment and its perspective of him concerning and eventually set out on a project to address some of the issues.  Given his background he quickly realized there was significant potential for development of an inclusive extreme sports device. This was to become Project Enduro: the a 4 wheeled downhill gravity bike that could be used by athletes with e.g. spine injuries or amputations - but is just as much fun to ride for anyone else.  By now the team has gone through several iterations and look forward to bringing the device to the market soon. murat.png Murat Günak Murat Günak is an extremely accomplished automotive designer with broad interests and deep cultural insights. A keen interest in technology and future developments in (electric) mobility combine naturally with appreciation of painters like Matisse or Picasso and a lasting interest opera and literature (you may want to ask him about the upcoming book). Among his many career stations were Head of Design in the Volkswagen Group, or being responsible for all Peugeot passenger car designs for over 5 years. To keep things short: it is fair to say he has had a significant hand in shaping European automotive design. You can observe his personal touch particularly in the iconic cars at Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Volkswagen. annika.png Annika Zeyen Annika Zeyen won three Paralympic medals in wheelchair basketball and has been awarded Germany’s highest sporting honor - the silver laurel leaf (twice). Instead of retiring she decided to switch sports and is now rising through the ranks as a pro wheelchair racer and competes in marathons around the globe. Starting out with she 20 km/h (12.4 mph) it took her only a few months to eventually hit 40 km/h (24.8 mph) on the tracks. She spent time with members of the US wheelchair basketball team while she studied advertising and graphic design at the University of Alabama. phillip-craven.png Sir Philip Craven Sir Philip Craven was President of the International Paralympic Committee, the global Governing Body of the Paralympic Movement from 2001 until September 2017 and oversaw his eighth Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September 2016. During his time as IPC President, the Paralympic Movement has enjoyed significant growth and now boasts over 200 members, including 174 National Paralympic Committees across the globe. He is a five-time Paralympian having made his debut in 1972 competing in two sports - swimming and wheelchair basketball. He went on to represent Great Britain at wheelchair basketball at a further four Paralympic Games between 1976 and 1988. During his international wheelchair basketball career Sir Philip won the 1973 world title and two European titles in 1971 and 1974. In 1991 he received an MBE in recognition of his services to wheelchair basketball and in 2005 was knighted for his services to Paralympic Sport. marcel.png Marcel Jung Marcel Jung began working at Otto Bock as apprentices tool mechanic in 2001. Since then he has continuously expanded his understanding and qualifications. He is a certified master craftsman in precision engineering and graduated from University with M.Sc. degree in Adaptronics.  After more than 25 years he is now in charge of multiple departments working on developing new processing technologies and materials. He is as active as ever in developing new products and expanding possibilities. victor.png Victor Calise While riding a mountain bike in Forest Park in 1994, Victor sustained a spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair and without the use of his legs. Victor embraced this challenge.  He got involved with disabled sports through United Spinal Association, and took up the sport of sled hockey.  His dedication to the sport would take him to Japan in 1998 where he represented the United States on the sled hockey team in the Paralympics. In 1997, he began working with United Spinal Association as Recreation Coordinator.  He was promoted up the ranks until he reached the title of Director of Sports Marketing.  In October of 2006, Victor took on a new challenge, joining the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation as ADA Coordinator. The New York City parks system is a historic collection of properties, most of which were designed and built prior to accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  While at Parks, Victor coordinated an effort, worked on by staff at all levels, to improve compliance with the ADA agency-wide.  Additionally, Victor was tasked with preparing a transition plan to increase accessibility in the city’s parks, beaches, recreation centers and other facilities. On February 17, 2015 Mayor Bill de Blasio reappointment longtime disability advocate Victor Calise as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD).  Victor was originally appointed Commissioner of MOPD by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in June 2012.  While acting as the disability policy advisor to city agencies and the Administration, Victor’s other responsibilities include:  working to spearhead projects, partnerships and initiatives that better the lives of people with disabilities; advocate for the passage of legislation that will help the disabled community; and acting as the Chair of the Accessibility portion of the 2008 NYC Building Code revision process.
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