2019 Student Design Challenge

RESNA 2019: Toronto, Canada This RESNA Student Design Challenge site mirrors the information here.

The site is a joint project of RESNA and the RERC on AAC. It contains student presentations that were accepted to RESNA conferences from 2010 to present. It also provides information for upcoming competitions. RESNA 2019 is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Six semi-finalist teams won an all-expense paid trip for two team members to the RESNA Annual Conference. At the conference, students had the opportunity to present their designs, meet with developers, and network with assistive technology professionals. Every member of the semi-finalist teams received a free annual membership to RESNA (a $80 value), which enabled them to continue to network actively with other professionals and participate in RESNA events.

Also, in addition to the 6 awards described above, The Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) partnered with RESNA to offer an award, “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available,” to one of five finalists in the annual RESNA Student Design Challenge. The award comes with a $500 cash prize to the winning team and a consultation for one team to work with TREAT staff and resources to further develop the winning design and move it towards commercialization.

This years’ winners are:

1st Place, $1000

"ATOM: Adaptive Tongue Operated Mouse"
Author(s): Michael Laffin, Kyle Cleven, Dexter Rausch
University: University of Wisconsin – Stout (United States)

2nd Place, $700

"Reka: Vocabulary suggestions for Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices"
Author(s): Hannah Sennik
University: University of Waterloo (Canada)

3 Place, $300

"Emospace: A mobile game for emotion recognition training in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Author(s): Sheng-Chieh Chiu, I-Jou Chi, Yun Lee, Kuo-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Hua Chen, Sung-Jung Hsieh
University: National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan)

TREAT PRIZE

"Reka: Vocabulary suggestions for Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices"
Author(s): Hannah Sennik
University: University of Waterloo (Canada)