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2024 Student Design Challenge

For student "makers" who have RE and AT ideas

The RESNA Student Design Challenge (SDC) is an annual competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology.  Only undergraduate and masters level graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply.

RESNA Student Design Challenge would like to encourage student groups to submit designs with or without a physical product (final or prototype). We encourage submissions of 3D models, drawings, and/or simulations. In effort of meeting our responsibilities in different ways, we want to ensure that we appropriately create space for you to share your work. We look forward to seeing many of your innovative designs!

All submissions to the 2024 Student Design Challenge must be submitted by Friday, April 19, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Submit to the SDC

Submission Guidelines

Fillable Submission Form

Have questions about the SDC? Then register for the SDC Virtual Office Hours, hosted on Thursday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. During this Office Hour you'll have an opportunity to speak with SDC Chair Seong-Hee Westlake regarding submission questions. This event is free, but registration is required.

Register for the SDC Virtual Office Hours


  • Finalist teams win a free, one-year student membership to RESNA.
  • Students showcase their designs to an international audience at the virtual Student Design Challenge in July 2024, gaining access to contacts and connections to start a career in assistive technology.
  • Cash prizes and more awarded to top designs.
  • All entries are posted and promoted on the website and through social media.


  • First place: $1,000 
  • Second place: $700
  • Third Place: $300

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To visit the Student Design Challenge's website archive and Read about our past winners, visit...