NEOFECT Honored with San Francisco Design Week VirtualTech Award for Second Consecutive Year

International design competition honors projects encouraging thought leadership in design, focusing on “Where Innovation Meets Social Responsibility”

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NEOFECT was once again honored at the San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) Awards, winning the VirtualTech award for its new Smart Board for Home NextGen, a gamified rehabilitation device for stroke survivors to use at home. The award recognizes the project team for their dedication, as well as the solution’s groundbreaking design and commitment to creating a positive future for society.

“We took every aspect of the patient experience into account when redesigning the Smart Board for Home NextGen,” said Scott Kim, co-founder and CEO of NEOFECT USA. “For example, stroke patients’ grip is often weak, so we reengineered the handle to be more secure. We developed more interactive virtual reality games, like tennis, so patients can have more variety, and also created a dual-player option.”

The SFDW Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works contribute toward a positive future for society. As the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community, SFDW’s theme, “Where Innovation Meets Social Responsibility,” was met by award winners from leading design firms, in-house teams, and creative individuals who were honored at Pier 27 in San Francisco on June 20.

“The Smart Board for Home NextGen is the epitome of the 2019 SFDW Awards theme, and we’re humbled to have won this year after receiving Honorable Mention in the VirtualTech category last year for our Smart Glove for Home,” continued Kim.

The awards celebrate and recognize exemplary work in all fields of design, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, communication design, and user experience design. Twenty-four winning projects and 11 honorable mentions were selected by a jury comprised of distinguished professionals—including executives from Lyft, Google, Microsoft, and Fitbit—who reviewed submissions from an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants from the USA and Europe. Each winning project was judged based on impact, singularity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, ease of use, visual appeal, and feasibility.

“We are extremely excited the San Francisco Design Week Awards returned this year,” said SFDW Executive Director Dawn Zidonis. “As with last year, the quality of the many entries exceeded our expectations. Congratulations to this year’s outstanding and diverse winners, including NEOFECT.”

For more information about the winning Smart Board for Home NextGen, visit

About San Francisco Design Week

Launched in 2006, San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) is an essential week-long regional festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future. For more information, visit or the SFDW blog.


Med-tech company NEOFECT helps stroke survivors and people with spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, or neurological conditions regain independence and live fuller, more active lives. Its game-based rehabilitation solutions deliver more engaging, quantifiable therapy to improve cognitive, hand, and upper arm function, while its robotic orthosis creates an artificial grip to increase hand mobility.


Katie Johnston

Gregory FCA for NEOFECT


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