ANA Avatar XPRIZE – District 3 Innovation Center

Avatar XPRIZE Residency Program

Develop the knowledge to build a robotic Avatar through our 10-week program and get a chance to win $10,000 in award prizes.

10-week program

Designed for robotic enthusiasts to receive technical and project management training needed to build a physical avatar for the Ana Avatar XPRIZE competition

  • Providing Care

    Avatars could give the experience of your presence and care to anyone instantly, regardless of distance.

  • Disaster Relief

    Avatars could transport critical life-saving skills in real-time to remote, disaster-struck areas where it is too dangerous for humans to go.

  • Multipurpose Utility

    Experts can utilize avatars to provide unique services or rare trade skills for critical maintenance or repairs.

What You Get

  • + Knowledge

    Gain the talent and capacity to design and create an Avatar System.

  • + Coaching

    Get guidance to take your project all the way through to the XPRIZE competition

  • + Workspace

    Get access to a working area with a breath-taking view at the heart of downtown Montreal

  • + Community

    Build life-long relationships and learn from innovators and Deep tech experts

Meet the Team

Seasoned entrepreneurs and experts you can count on to challenge you, hold you accountable, and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Sydney Swaine-Simon

AI District Fellow and cofounder of Neurotech X

Xavier-Henri Hervé

Founder & Executive Director of District 3; cofounded Mechtronix, a manufacturer of commercial flight simulators acquired in 2010

Andy Manel

AI District Fellow Assistant, ANA Avatar XPRIZE Eastern Canada Coordinator, and Startup Resources Director at Montreal NewTech.

Our Partners

Explore the forefront of technological innovation in AI & Robotics

  • Computer Vision

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Perceptuals

  • Virtual Reality

  • Haptics

  • Bionics/ARM

  • Sensors

  • Augmented Reality

Are you ready to start your journey?

Here’s how you can stand out.

  • Relevant Background

    2 years of experience in computer science, software development, robotic, or a related field.

  • Time Commitment

    We require a minimum commitment of 8-10 hours a week for 10 weeks starting from June until August.

  • Collaborative Spirit

    You deeply value peer-to-peer collaboration.

Apply by May 31


Why should I apply?

You'll get to build an astounding project and connect with high level experts in deep tech like robotics, virtual reality, computer vision, sensors, bionics, artificial intelligence.

What is the prize?

The winning team will integrate multiple emerging technologies to develop a physical, non- autonomous Avatar System with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there. Awards (Up to $10,000 in total) will be provided to teams and individuals who show the appropriate potential skill and motivation to participate in the global ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition

Does District 3 charge fees, take equity or claim intellectual property?

No, your intellectual property remains your own, and we don’t take equity or charge any fees.

What is the expected time commitment?

We require a minimum commitment of 8-10 hours a week for 10 weeks starting from June until August.