William Lopez wins the Falling Walls Lab Bucaramanga

The Universidad Industrial de Santander hosted yet another successful Falling Walls Lab on 19 August 2016.

16 innovative presenters showcased their research projects, social initiatives and business models - in 3 minutes each. A distinguished jury made up of representatives from academia and industry selected the most intriguing presentation. 

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Bucaramanga will travel to Berlin and participate in the global Lab Finale on 8 November 2016. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2016 within the scope of an A.T. Kearney scholarship.


Meet the winner

William Omar Contreras Lopez     Colombia     Clinica Foscal Internacional     Breaking the Wall of Parkinson's Walking Problems

Gait in Parkinson disease (PD) is characterised by the difficulty of starting and stopping, reduced step length and walking speed, increased gait cadence, and freezing. Such impairments contribute to a greater risk of dangerous falls including death-threatening trauma and loss of functional independence. Despite the benefits of dopaminergic medication and high frequency deep brain stimulation, therapeutic effectiveness on gait impairment remains limited. Evidence supports the use of rhythmic external visual and auditory signals (cueing) to improve gait in PD patients. Combined auditory-visual cueing provided by a wearable technology improved walking in Parkinson´s disease patients.


Meet the jury

Dr. Reinhard Babel, (Chairman of the Jury), Director, German Academic Exchange Service Colombia (DAAD)

Prof. Jean Lapeze, Director of the Master in Economics and Territorial Development, University Grenoble-Alpes 

Prof. Edna Rocío Bravo Ibarra, Director of Semiosis Lab, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Prof. Gustavo Pérez Hoyos, Associated Professor, Universidad Católica de Colombia

Prof. Henry Arguello Fuentes, Associated Professor, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Jose Vicente Pons Andreu, BioSequence Founder S.L. and Manager, Business Innovation SL

Mauricio Montoya Bozzi, Chief Executive Officer, Electrificadora de Santander ESSA


The participants and the jury of the Falling Walls Lab Bucaramanga 2016.



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