Design Competition


The EWH Design Competition invites students to submit innovative designs for medical technology that can make a difference in low-resource settings. Design Teams can choose to work on any project relevant to the medical innovations for low-resource healthcare. Useful suggestions can be found in the Design Projects list, which includes needs identified by EWH staff working in international hospitals. EWH also generated a list of 5 Challenges that should be taken into consideration in the design phase: 5 Challenges Design Guide

EWH accepts submissions for the competition in the spring of each academic year.

  • To be eligible to enter the competition, each Design Team must have at least one participant who is a member of an EWH Chapter. Design Teams may include members from diverse academic backgrounds – both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • If you aren't able to start or join a Chapter, you can purchase a Collegiate membership, which grants you individual eligibility for the EWH Design Competition.
  • All teams should have an adviser who is either a faculty member from an engineering department or a practicing engineer.

Submit Your 2024 Proposal Here!


2024 Prizes

EWH awards cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams and certificates of participation for all.

  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $250


How to Apply



Click here to download the Judging Criteria for design submissions.


Results Announcement

Winning teams will receive notification by email. Results are announced publicly at EWH Engage!


Important Links

Competition Winners


1st: University College Dublin: PneuDetect

2nd: The University of Texas at Austin:  ThermoRevive

3rd: University of Minnesota: A Low-Cost Autoclave Temperature and Pressure Monitor


1st: Cornell University: LMIC Calmer Device: Managing Pain in Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

2nd: Duke University: LowCostomy

3rd: University College Dublin: Vit-A-Dapt: A Low Cost Portable Adaptometer

Honorable mentions:

Purdue University: Ceiling-Mount Surgical Lamp with Alternative Power Source


1st: University of Texas at Austin: Automated Leukemia Detection: A Low-Cost, All-In One Method to Detect Leukemia from Blood Smear Images Using Convolutional Neural Networks

2nd: University College Dublin: MidazoClamp: A Minimally invasive, fast-acting, transbuccal drug delivery device that deploys seizure drugs easily and with minimum risk

3rd: University of Texas at Austin: Low-Cost, EEG Based Wearable Seizure Prediction Alarm

Honorable mentions:

University of California San Diego: Newborn Resuscitation Device


1st: University of Auckland: Fishing: E-Learning Platform and ERP System for Limited Resource Environments

2nd: University of New South Wales: Thrifti Gyre Centrifuge: An Effective, Low-Cost Centrifuge

3rd: The University College Dublin: KeepTrack: A Blockchain Driven Communication Tool

Honorable mentions:

LeTourneau University: Portable Surgical Table: A Low-Cost, Lightweight Surgical Table

Clemson University: Umbilical Cord Care Kit: A Cost-Effective, Portable Kit for Reducing Postnatal Infections

Clemson University: Negative Pressure Chamber: A Portable Solution for Use in Viral Outbreaks


1st: LeTourneau University: Noninvasive Hemoglobin Screening Device

2nd: Clemson University: Kifua Pampu: Breast Pump to Help Reduce Mother to Child HIV Infections

3rd: University of Minnesota Twin Cities: Low-Cost Infusion Pump

Honorable mention: 

Clemson University: Save Your Breath: A Cost-Effective Oxygen Concentration Sensor from Zinc-Air Batteries

Northwestern University: SensO2r: A Low-Cost Oxygen Analyzer


1st: Purdue University: Dry Heat Sterilizer

2nd: University of Illinois Chicago: Hearing Test Device

3rd: Rose-Hulman Institute: Jaundice Detection App


1st: Purdue University: AutoCPR: Low Cost, Accessible CPR

2nd: CYCU (Chung Yuan Christian University): Vital-Aid: Innovative Patient Monitoring for Large Casualty Events

3rd: Vanderbilt University: Solaleo: Low-Cost Vacuum Sterilization


1st: University of New South Wales: Uninterruptible Surgical Lamp

2nd: University of Toronto: Translation App for Emergency Care

3rd: Washington University in St. Louis: WOOTA (Water Out Of Thin Air)


1st: University of Texas at Austin: Free Pulse: Low-Cost Patient Monitor

2nd: Virginia Tech: BioactiVT: Pulse Oximeter

3rd: University of New South Wales: Multi-Colored LED Otoscope


1st: Washington University in St Louis: ZnDermal: A Transdermal Zinc Delivery System

2nd: Clemson University: CryoCover: Low-Cost Neonatal Hypothermia Therapy

3rd: Cornell University: Vaccine Refrigeration Device