Student Design Competition

The RESNA 2018 Student Design Competition is open

DEADLINE for Student Design Competition is Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:59PM ET


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The RESNA Student Design Competition (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.  

Student Design Competition Guidelines (pdf)

Student Design Competition Submission Instructions (pdf)

Student Design Competition Submission Form (pdf)

Also, the RERC on AAC is holding a compeition. Their prize allows for a finalist berth in RESNA's Student Design Competition

Once completed, please submit the material to the RESNA 2018 Conference Submission Portal


  • 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 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 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 

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

For questions about the Student Design Competition, contact the 2018 RESNA Conference Committee’s Student Design Committee Chair

For additional 2018 RESNA Conference questions, contact