Winter Quarter 2012
Student Design Competitions
Assistive Technology, Rehabilitation, and Disability Related Competitions
Heath, Medical, and Biomedical Related Competitions
Inspiring students to be product innovators and entrepreneurs, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) I-Show Innovation Showcase (I-Show) provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product. While demonstrating their technical creativity, winners must prove that they have a sustainable business model to a judging panel of successful innovators, industry experts, venture capitalists, and intellectual property specialists.
The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) Prize for Primary Health Care is an annual national competition designed to encourage development of creative technological innovations with great potential to catalyze and support improved delivery of care at the frontlines of medicine.
The Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized, rewarded, and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future. This competition is sponsored by Abbott Fund & United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) BMEstart competition recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. The competition is the first in the United States designed specifically for undergraduate biomedical and bioengineering students.
The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Undergraduate Student Design Competition involves designing and building an original device or product not currently offered on the market that applies engineering principles and technology to problems in medicine and biology. Other acceptable designs include a modification of an existing product, and may consist of hardware, software, or a combination of both.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition encourages student designers are to use their imagination to design a product that mainly utilizes DDM processes. The product must be able to be used in another assembly. The designed product will be a device, mechanism, assembly or a subassembly representing part of another product. The resultant design should represent a fully working prototype. Any internal electronics or mechanics must be specified within the design. The geometry of the design must be defined within a three-dimensional (3-D), computer-aided design (CAD) system capable of producing robust STL files.
DiabetesMine Design Challenge is an online competition to encourage creative new tools for improving life with diabetes.
The IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition recognizes and rewards students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it.
Sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Bioengineering Division, the Undergraduate Design Project Competition in Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices encourages undergraduate students engaged in design projects related to rehabilitation or assistive devices during the current (2011-2012) academic year to submit an abstract of their design project to the annual SBC meeting.
For schools with Engineering World Health (EWH) student chapters, the new Health Design Competition provides an opportunity for individual student chapters to participate in a competition that focuses on social entrepreneurship. The emphasis of this competition is on the potential to positively impact health care by improving access to or lowering the cost of health care in developing nations. This competition is currently limited to entries from student EWH Chapters.
The RESNA Student Design Competition is open to undergraduate or graduate students from any discipline that has a creative and innovative design that will assist an individual with a disability to function more independently. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. The RESNA SDC has a long history of providing a forum for the work of energetic students representing a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering, computer information science, and architecture. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of Assistive Technology.
The ASME 2012 Undergraduate Design Project Competition in Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices encourages undergraduate students engaged in design projects related to rehabilitation or assistive devices during the current (2011-2012) academic year to submit an abstract of their design project to the annual SBC meeting. The top 6 finalists will be given an opportunity to present their work during a special podium presentation session. The objectives of this undergraduate design competition are to showcase the undergraduate design work, give students with an opportunity to describe their work, introduce them to the Bioengineering Division of ASME, and provide an chance to meet professionals in the bioengineering field. This competition is sponsored by the Bioengineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with support from the National Science Foundation.
Perkins School for the Blind is calling all entrepreneurs to focus on improving opportunities and quality of life for people with disabilities. As part of MassChallenge 2012, Perkins is offering the Perkins Assistive Technology Prize. The $25,000 grant, drawn from a donation earmarked for technological solutions, promotes Perkins mission to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their personal potential.
Administered through MassChallenge, The Perkins Assistive Technology Prize seeks to encourage competitors to develop new, low- and high-technology devices that could have a significant impact on the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Such assistive technology could apply to any sector of life (education, transportation, recreation, communications, vocational, etc.). The assistive technology could be designed for a certain group of individuals with a disability (vision loss, hearing loss, mobility, etc.), or have a more universal market application. Details and application information are at the MassChallenge website.
Disability pushes people to the fringes of community and society. But assistive technology allows people with disabilities to be productive workers, to process information, and to put their ideas into action. Innovation can be applied in countless ways to provide mobility for people with physical disabilities, communication access for those with impaired hearing or vision, and adaptations we have yet to imagine. Together, Perkins and MassChallenge can put entrepreneurs imaginations in motion to find new ways to leap over disability to greater productivity and independence.
Its in everyones interest to urge entrepreneurs to consider accessibility because better access for people with disabilities means better access for all.
So spread the word ... and if you have an idea, please register! Registration began March 1 and runs through April 11, 2012, at noon EST.
The Autism Connects technology and design competition challenges students to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world around them, and allow individuals who do not have ASD to better understand and connect with those who do.
Do you have a demo-able iPhone app, surgical device, consumer electronics gadget, or any other prototype product that you'd like to show off? The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneural Students (BASES) 150K Challenge - Product Showcase exhibits product prototypes created by Stanford-affiliated teams, with up to $50,000 in total prize money awarded to the best products. Following submission, the entries will be judged by Stanford professors and industry experts; the top ranked projects will then be invited to attend the BASES Product Showcase in the Spring Quarter where they will have the chance to win a share of the $50,000 prize money. The showcase will be attended by top Silicon Valley venture capitalists and angel investors. The winners of the event will be announced later that day. Stewart Macgregor-Dennis lead the Product Showcase.
Annual AbilityOne Network Design Challenge encourages students to
develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to
overcome barriers to employment. The Design Challenge was established to
encourage college students to develop assistive technologies that can empower
people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment.
Some teams may wish to submit a copy of their final report (modified slightly to meet contest guidelines) to the Lincoln Design Contest, which is the foremost national competition for student designers. Students may submit papers representing their work on design, engineering, or manufacturing problems relating to any type of building, bridge structure machine, product or mechanical apparatus; or arc welding research, testing, procedure or process development. Reports prepared for course work, projects, or theses are eligible to be submitted as entries.
BMEidea is the United States' premier competition for biomedical and bioengineering students. The competition encourages development of new health-related technologies, invented by students, that addresses a clinical medical need. Evaluation criteria include technical, economic and regulatory feasibility, improved access to health care, technological innovation, and potential for commercialization. BMEidea is a unique competition, in that judges rank entries on all aspects of biomedical commercialization, from product innovation to market need, and from regulatory strategies to social impact. Prizes of $10,000, $2,500, and $1,000 will be awarded to the three winners. Many BMEidea winners have gone on to launch successful companies based on their invention.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the worlds premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to help solve global challenges and make a difference in the world. While competing for cash and prizes, students gain real-life experiences, make new friends, and change the world.
Challenge Most of our household cleaning or personal care tasks today
require us to use both hands to get the job done. When we clean the house,
weve got a spray bottle in one hand and a wipe in the other. When
were in the shower, we need two hands to apply shampoo. And just think
about trying to clean up a soiled diaper with one hand! Wouldnt it be
great to allow for more multitasking by freeing up one of those hands?
Call for ideas: Age-friendly products Domus promotes an international
call for ideas, with the goal of bringing to life a new generation of domestic
objects - beautiful, intelligent and easy to use - aimed at seniors. The
competition aspires to the prospective creation of new collections of
beautiful, practical and functional objects, while promoting a design culture
focused on the specific needs of an increasingly important population segment.
Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for undergraduates and graduate
students to present their research, exchange ideas, receive feedback from a
panel of experts, and have an opportunity to win awards for their
Create the Future Design
Contest 2012 recognizes outstanding innovations in product design. It
was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help
stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted
more than 8,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and
/ IEEE Smarter Planet Challenge IBM and IEEE are in search of creative
team-based student projects that can help students at any level learn about
applying engineering, science, and other disciplines to solve real world
Some of this material has been exerpted from Capstone Projects and National Student Design Competitions IEEE Pulse - March / April 2011 - page 7 - Jay R. Goldberg.