Design Competition

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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.

Prizes

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

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

Competition Winners

2020

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


2019

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


2018

1st: Purdue University: Dry Heat Sterilizer

2nd: University of Illinois Chicago: Hearing Test Device

3rd: Rose-Hulman Institute: Jaundice Detection app


2017

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

2nd: CYCU (Chung Yuan Christian University): Vita-Aid - Innovative Patient Monitoring for large casualty events

3rd: Vanderbilt: Solaleo - Low Cost Vacuum Sterilization


2016

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)


2015

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

2nd: Virginia Tech: Pulse Oximeter

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


2014

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

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

3rd: Cornell University Chapter,Vaccine Refrigeration Device