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.
  • All teams should have an adviser who is either a faculty member from an engineering department or a practicing engineer.


EWH is able to award cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams at the annual BMES conference. Winning Design Team members are invited to receive checks made payable to their sponsoring EWH Chapter at the BMES conference; however, EWH does not pay students' travel or conference expenses. For teams that do not attend the conference, checks will be mailed to the EWH Chapter.

1st Place:   $1,000
2nd Place:   $750
3rd Place:    $250

How to Apply


Chapter Membership Student-funded University-funded
Proposal submission to receive EWH feedback and discount registration price (optional) - Deadline Feb. 14 $200 $20
Project submission; full registration price - Deadline May 30 $300 $60


  • Final design project Submission -- due May 30.

Judging Criteria

Click here to download the Judging Criteria for design submissions.

Results Announcement

Winning teams will receive notification by email. Results are posted on the EWH website by July 30.

Important links

Design Projects list

5 Challenges Design Guide

How to start and register an EWH Chapter

Proposal form

Submission form