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 2010-2013 RESNA conferences, and provides information on the 2014 competition.
RESNA 2014 will be held from June 11-15, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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.
Beginning on April 18, 2014, judges will review the completed submissions and select the semi-finalists. Decisions on the finalists will be made at the RESNA conference.
In 2013, six semi-finalist teams won an all-expense paid trip for two team members to the RESNA Annual Conference, which was held in Seattle Washington. At the conference, students had the opportunity to present their designs, meet with developers, and network with assistive technology professionals. The semi-finalists were announced at the conference; every member of the semi-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 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 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. The 2013 recipient of the TREAT award was Doodle Bug from the student team at California Lutheran University.