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.
- 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.
- 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*)
For instructions, judging criteria, and submission information, visit RESNA 2018 Annual Conference Student Design Competition (SDC) page.