On the 7 and 8 September the House of Switzerland Brazil 2016 will receive an exclusive sneak-peek into Cybathlon, an event which will be held on 8 October 2016 organized by the Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH Zurich) and which will also have a Brazilian participant with the Empowering Mobility & Autonomy team from the Universidade Nacional de Brasília (UNB). Individuals with physical disabilities will compete side by side in six demanding disciplines, using the latest assistive technologies.

After the hands-on demonstrations of 7 September we will venture a bit further into the world of assistive technologies with the following program:

Program: 8 September 2016, 9:30 – 12:30

  • Opening and welcome words, Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex Brazil
  • Introduction of Cybathlon, Prof. Peter Wolf, ETH Zürich
  • Empowering Mobility & Autonomy Group, Prof. Antônio Padilha, Universidade Nacional de Brasília
  • Panel Discussion “The role of science & technology in improving the mobility of disabled persons”


  • Dr Peter Wolf, ETH Zürich
  • Prof Antônio Padilha, Universidade Nacional de Brasília (UNB)
  • Cybathlon expert, participant of Paralympic games (name tbc)
  • Prof. José Otavio Pompeu, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • Moderator: Marcelo Becker, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  • Panel Discussion “Is High-tech the key or the obstacle to equality?”


  • Cybathlon team member (name tbc), ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Flávia Porto, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
  • Viva Rio, (name tbc)
  • Comité Paralímpico Brasileiro, (name tbc)

There will be simultaneous translation at the event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with:

Malin Borg

+55 21 3806 2143

More information about swissnex and the Olympics here.

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