A flagship project challenging engineering students to design, build and implement Paralympic sporting equipment.
The Sports Innovation Challenge provides students with real world engineering problems to make a tangible contribution to Paralympic sport and healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities.

Project Based Learning

As a cross-faculty programme the Sports Innovation Challenge runs projects for students from various departments within Imperial College London including Bioengineering, Design Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Projects can vary from performance monitoring systems and training aids to safety equipment, assistive sporting devices and the design of new concept sports. View all of the Projects

What’s Happening Now

Over the course of the year we present a number of our projects at various events and exhibitions. The next upcoming events are shown here, for more information on past and future events, See all of our Events

Our Team & Contacts

We have a large team of academic supervisors and support staff across multiple departments overseeing projects and providing the student teams with practical support. The core team behind the Sports Innovation Challenge work to seek out new projects and contacts, to promote the work undertaken on the Challenge and to organise the events and exhibitions throughout the year. Download the Press Kit

For media and press relations, please contact i.radcliffe@imperial.ac.uk

The SIC Story

In 2011, as part of their sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio Tinto entered into a partnership with Imperial College London to create a programme of curriculum based student projects challenging engineering students to design, build and implement Paralympic sporting equipment. The Sports Innovation Challenge continues to provides students with real world engineering problems, the overall aim being to make a tangible contribution to Paralympic sport and healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities.  Read the Whole Story