Have a question about the Student Design Challenge? Read below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding this student competition.
We are planning on entering the SDC and would like to know if the design briefs will be published publically or if they will only be shared with the judges. In other words, will we be disclosing our IP by entering the competition?
The judges will have access to information about each of the projects that are submitted, however, RESNA will keep the submission not available publicly if IP disclosure is of concern to your students’ team and you notify us of this concern. You are responsible for letting RESNA know of this request. Please note that if your project is to be chosen as one of the finalists, you will be asked to present your project in a live format (either in-person or virtual), and the project information will be shared on our website and in press releases - If you are a finalist team and have IP disclosure concerns, please make adjustments to the final stage presentation appropriately.
For teams with IP disclosure concerns, will the team have the opportunity to cater that open-audience “public” presentation such that it is non-disclosing if they are selected?
Yes, all finalist teams will have an opportunity to prepare their final stage presentation and documentation between the time they are notified of their selection as finalist and the RESNA annual conference (about 6-8 weeks turnaround time). Please note, each team can choose to not disclose some of the private information at any time during the competition process. This means each team can also do this in their full submission, I would advise that if the aspects that are innovative are the more “private info”, it would be to their benefit to wow the judges by disclosing it in their full submission but ultimately it is up to them how much information they disclose.
My team has been chosen as a finalist to present at the conference, what are the specific guidelines regarding the presentation? (how many people should present, what the format will be like, the content of the presentation, what should the focus be, can we showcase our design)
As far as the format of the presentation, each finalist team will receive correspondence from RESNA’s office requesting a pre-recorded video of your presentation and instructions on how to do so. On the day of final judging at the conference, these pre-recorded presentations will be played for the judges and the audience one at a time. After each team presentation, the judges and the audience will ask each team questions in a live format.
- Each finalist team is allowed to and encouraged to present on any updates you have made to your project since the original submission. The overall idea is to cover the contents of your submitted Design Brief and focus on areas that may highlight why your design is: innovative, adaptive, accessible, beneficial, and unlike available designs.
- Historically, judges like to know that market research has been done by the team and that the team is able to defend why the submitted design is different from the current products on the market. It is also beneficial to show any user testing done – the judges always love seeing that the team is remembering to design for the people they are serving each step of the way.
If my team has IP disclosure concerns, would we be able to hide internal components of our design if we are selected as finalists to present and focus on what the design can do rather than how it works? In other words, could we show a demonstration with the inner workings of the device hidden?
Yes, you are allowed to choose what and how much you share regarding your project at the final public presentation at the conference. Please keep in mind, if the internal components are the innovative aspects that will “wow” the judges that get you to the final stages, choosing to not disclose that information could reflect on your judging but you are not required to share any specific information. That is left to your team’s discretion.
How many people can present? Due to the virtual nature of this conference, it seems feasible that multiple members of the team could be present at the same time. However, if only one person is allowed, does this person have to be the same as the one listed on the RESNA account?
For virtual presentations, you will be allowed to have multiple team members represented at the judging (these do not have to be the one listed on the RESNA account), however the prize package which includes a free 1-year membership to RESNA will have a limit of how many team members will be given this prize.
Do the presentations seek to emulate an exhibit hall (where speakers have set up a 'poster' and give a presentation to anyone that visits the booth), or more of a stage (where presentations are given back-to-back by different speakers/teams)?
For virtual conferences, your finalist presentation will be a video conference format where we will request that you submit a pre-recorded video of your presentation and require you to be present in the meeting for live questioning by the judges and the audience. For in-person conferences, the finalist teams would be presenting in a stage format with a powerpoint and any hands-on devices you’d like to bring.
Is there anywhere we may be able to view example presentations from past conferences?
Yes, you can find past projects here.
Since uploading our design brief, we have worked more on the project and have improved the design. Would it be recommended that we show the new content in the final presentation?
You are allowed to and encouraged to present on any updates you have made since your initial design submission.
Would the students own the rights to the design? For example, if a company shows interest in the design as a real product, are the students contacted about that interest? How are the students' designs protected? Have any of the previous competition winners experienced companies wanting to advance their idea?
SDC teams still own the rights to their design though if they are pursuing patents presenting at the conference may affect this process so please consult legal counsel for specific questions about pursuing patents. In the past, we have had teams specifically tell us which information they did not want to disclose publicly at conference (final round teams are invited to present at the live final judging at the RESNA annual conference). That said, if ownership is a concern for any of your student teams, I would recommend that they speak with the legal/tech transfer office at your university. If a company is interested in one of the products submitted, the SDC team can interact with the company directly.
Is this an International competition?
Yes, this is an international competition. The SDC is open to students from all over the world. We frequently have several representatives from India and South Korea. Last year we had a team from Canada and Switzerland as well.
Below are some pointers leading up to your final judging for SDC finalists:
- Pre-recorded presentation:
- You should have received correspondence from RESNA’s office regarding how to pre-record your presentation. On the day of the live final judging, these pre-recorded presentations will be played for the judges and the audience one at a time. Then after each team presentation, the judges and audience will ask the teams questions in a live format. For logistics information regarding either the pre-recorded portion or the live judging (zoom link, format of video, etc), please reach out to RESNA office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Live judging helpful tips & advice:
- You are allowed to and encouraged to present on any updates you have made since your initial design submission.
- The overall idea is to cover the contents of your submitted Design Brief.
- Focus on areas that may highlight why your design is: innovative, adaptive, accessible, beneficial, and unlike available designs.
- Judges like to know that market research has been done, so please be prepare to defend why the submitted design is different from the current products on the market.
- It is always beneficial to show any user testing: it is crucial that you, as the design team, is remembering to design for the people you are serving each step of the way.
Please contact the RESNA office at email@example.com with any other questions regarding the SDC.