Any device related to rehabilitation science or assistive technologies will be eligible for the competition. This definition is broadly interpreted to include any device that helps people perform activities otherwise difficult for them, due to a disability temporary or permanent. This includes devices that aid people with disabilities, help people recover from an injury, or enhance physical or mental capabilities of healthy individuals. If the team is uncertain if a device meets the criteria, please contact the organizer, Michael R. Moreno, PhD.
Projects must have a significant novel design component and cannot simply be a presentation of data from an existing device or strictly a research project. The abstract of the design proposal will be judged based on its merits as a proposed device to solve a problem, while the presentation competition at the conference will be judged based on the actual realization of the product or a prototype of the product. The duration of the project (semester or yearlong) at the student’s institution is not important providing it will be completed during the current academic year.