Welcome to the Home Page for the RESNA Student Design Competition. This site, a joint project of RESNA and the AAC-RERC, contains student presentations that were accepted for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 RESNA conferences, and provides information on the 2013 competition.
RESNA 2013 will be held from June 19-24, 2013 in Seattle Washington. The format for submissions for the Student Design Competition will remain the same as in past years, so the information on this site can be used to plan and prepare submissions.
Important dates for 2013 RESNA Student Design Competition
• Registration opens – December 3, 2012
• Registration closes – April 19, 2013 – Registration for 2013 is now closed
• SDC project submission completed – April 26, 2013
Beginning on April 27, 2013, judges will review the completed submissions and select the semi-finalists. Decisions on the finalists will be made at the RESNA conference.
In 2012, ten semi-finalist teams won an all-expense paid trip for two team members to the RESNA Annual Conference, which was held in Baltimore, MD from June 28- July 3, 2012. At the conference, students had the opportunity to present their designs, meet with developers, and network with assistive technology professionals. Five finalists were announced at the conference; every member of the finalist teams received a free annual membership to RESNA (a $150 value), which enabled them to continue to network actively with other professionals and participate in RESNA events.
Also, in addition to the 10 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 Competition. The award comes with a $500 cash prize to the winning team and an invitation for one team member to spend 3 weeks at the TREAT facilities in Lebanon, NH working with TREAT staff and resources to further develop the winning design and move it towards commercialization.