International SIG Do-It-Yourself Contest

International SIG DIY Contest – Deadline is April 1, 2015 

Those of us with experience working or living in developing countries know that the assistive device that you need is often not commercially available or affordable. As a step toward remedying this problem, the International SIG is sponsoring an assistive technology DIY (Do It Yourself!) contest. We are looking for innovative low-cost DIY assistive technology that could be replicated around the world. Whirlwind Wheelchair's generous donation will allow us to offer cash prizes including $300 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50 for third place! 
Please submit a zip folder with ALL of the information below to to be considered for the contest by April 1st, 2015:
  1. Written description of the device that includes a brief description of the beneficiaries (disability, geographic region, age, gender, etc). 
  2. Drawing of the device
  3. Pictures of the device
  4. Accessible video for blind/low vision and deaf/hard of hearing of the device and how to use it (see notes below). 
  5. List of materials required to make the device, where to obtain them and their cost (in US dollars and in local currency if applicable). 
  6. Instructions on how to make the device (written acceptable, but good video instructions will usually make your entry more competitive)
Accessible video instructions:
Entries can be in English or Spanish. Spanish videos must be captioned in English. 
Scoring System:
  1. 10 points for innovative concept (Only DIY projects that have not been published elsewhere are eligible)
  2. 25 points for completeness and clarity of description of device and how to use it
  3. 30 points for completeness and clarity of instructions for how to make the device
  4. 35 points for low cost and ease of fabrication
  5. Up to 20 extra points for including: a) ways to enhance the basic design, these may include alternatives, additions, and adaptations (include at least one example); b) ways to make it simpler if the recommended materials, tools, or skills are not available (include at least one example).
Note:  Extra points will only be counted if you score at least 80 in the first five categories. 
Total possible points = 120
Questions? Contact the International SIG at