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10 - 13 May 2022
News Overview 9/21/20
High-profile Keynotes Expected

High-profile Keynotes Expected

Michael Goldfarb, Oliver Leisse and Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen: The digital OTWorld.connect will provide three keynote speakers from 27 to 29 October 2020 to add unique highlights to the programme.

Keynote: Breaking Down Barriers

Keynote: "Participation, Accessibility and Inclusion"
Thursday, 29 October 2020, 10:15 am to 11:00 am, channel 1

Activist Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen will be conducting a critical and at the same time aggressive review of "Participation, Accessibility and Inclusion". "Far too often, non-disabled people judge disabilities," says Krauthausen. With many products, the question arises "whether the designer or technician has ever had contact with people with disabilities, or is the product just good enough to be covered by insurance?" One of the problems is that a person who needs the medical aid is not the one who has the power to decide. "This results in products that are ugly, useless or impractical," he says. In the end, it is usually the mainstream society that determines the perspective. Too often it is a matter of complying with a social norm. When it comes to inclusion, phrases like "We're on our way" are simply not true, says Krauthausen: "This is a defensive argument, because the majority of society does not want to adapt". Together with the association Sozialhelden (Social Heroes), he has created the project "#BarrierenBrechen" (Breaking Barriers) – to knock down barriers that exclude people with disabilities.

Keynote: "The Golden Twenties and the Future of Healthcare – New Challenges, New Opportunities".

Tuesday, 27 Oktober 2020, 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm, channel 2

The possibilities of digitalisation, the trends of the coming years as well as new perspectives for the healthcare system are the focus of Oliver Leisse, marketing expert and trend researcher. His topic: "The Golden Twenties and the Future of Healthcare – New Tasks, New Opportunities". Leisse was a strategy consultant at international advertising agencies for several years. He develops future strategies at his Hamburg trend research institute, See More.

Keynote: Current Trends in Prosthetics

Keynote: "Trends in lower limb prosthetics research: Enhancing adaptability through powered and semi-powered devices"
Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm, channel 1

Prof Michael Goldfarb from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, USA, will highlight research trends in the construction of prostheses for the lower extremities. In his lecture entitled "Trends in lower limb prosthetics research: Enhancing adaptability through powered and semi-powered devices", he will discuss hybrid approaches, and other topics. For the most part, his focus is on improving the adaptability of the behaviour of the prostheses during different activities and on different surfaces or types of terrain. Hybrid design approaches use the adaptive behaviour of commercially available microprocessor-controlled knees and ankles, but extend the capability and adaptability of these prostheses by adding small amounts of motive force.