RESNA 2018 Student Design Competition

December 18, 2017

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.

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*)

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