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2018 Student Design Competition

Student Design Competition

Paper Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018 11:59 pm ET

The Student Design Competition (SDC) is open to undergraduate or graduate students from any discipline who have 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. 

A 6-page paper, working prototype, video, and photos are all that is required.

For instructions, judging criteria, and submission information visit...

RESNA 2018 Annual Conference Student Design Competition (SDC) page


·    Semi-finalist teams win a trip for two members to travel to the RESNA Annual Conference and a free one-year membership to RESNA.

·    Students showcase their designs to an international audience at the conference, gaining connections to help start a career in assistive technology.

·    Cash prizes and more awarded to top designs.

·    All entries are posted and promoted on a competition website and through social media.


Cash Prizes

·    First place: $1,000

·    Second place: $700

       ·    Third Place: $300


TREAT prize

(Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available)

·    $500 and product development consultation


·    Undergraduate and master's level graduate students of an accredited university 

·    Designs may be submitted by individual students or student teams.

·    The submission must document the design and fabrication of a device used by one or more      individuals to maximize independence.  

·    Entries may be written by new professionals, but only if the design was completed and tested while the individual was a student. (*A letter from a faculty member confirming that the new professional was a student when the design was completed must be included*)

Past Student Design Competition winners are featured on the AAC page

For questions about the Student Design Competition, contact the 2018 RESNA Conference Committee’s Student Design Committee Chair. For questions about the conference, contact or call (703) 524-6686, ext. 304


RESNA 2018 Conference Team 

703-524-6686, ext. 304

1560 Wilson Blvd, Suite 850

Arlington, VA 22209

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