Founder & Executive Director
Bridging Bionics Foundation
Basalt, Colorado – United States
Since February 27, 1992, former Brisbane-ite Amanda Boxtel has dreamed of walking again. On that fateful date, a freak skiing accident in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado rendered her with a permanent spinal cord injury from the pelvis down. She has since been involved in community and outreach projects that aim to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in the United States. Amanda is the founding Executive Director for Bridging Bionics Foundation, demonstrating how bionic exoskeleton technology has a positive impact on quality of life. Amanda showcased the first partially 3D printed exoskeleton in the world for Singularity University’s European Summit in Budapest, Hungary, and then again at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. In November 2014 Amanda presented her forwarding thinking ideas about neuro-rehabilitaiton and humanizing technology at TEDCity2.0 in Chengdu China.
Amanda was the first person in the United States to own an Ekso bionic exoskeleton suit manufactured by Ekso Bionics, which she acquired in June 2013. She has since donated her exoskeleton to the Bridging Bionics Foundation for use in the Aspen Community to help others who are paralyzed walk. She has walked in four bionic exoskeleton suits from different manufacturers around the world including Ekso, ReWalk, Indego, and a prototype from Bionik Labs in Canada.
Amanda was recently honored as one of CNN Heroes Top 10 finalists for 2018. CNN Heroes honors everyday people changing the world. Amanda believes it is our human right to have access to technologies and healing therapies to improve quality of life. She envisions making advanced technologies accessible and affordable for every person with a neurological condition.
She lives with her golden retriever, Benson, in Basalt near Aspen, Colorado.
Thursday, November 7
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM