In August of 2009, EWH launched a unique annual Design Competition to encourage the development of technical solutions that contribute to improved health care in developing countries. Design Teams can choose to work on any project relevant to the medical instrumentation needs of resource-poor areas. Useful suggestions can be found in the Projects That Matter list, which includes needs identified by EWH staff working in international hospitals. EWH accepts submissions for the competition each academic year.
Thank you to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics for sponsoring this year’s competition!
- 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 must have an adviser who is either a faculty member from an engineering department or a practicing engineer.
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams are awarded 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: $3,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
How to Apply
- Pay the registration fee following the Payment Instructions.
|Early Registration: Before January 17th||$250||$50|
|Final Registration: From January 18th until February 14th||$300||$100|
- The final design Submission is DUE by May 30th.
Click here to download the Judging Criteria for design submissions.
Winning teams will receive notifcation by email. Results are posted on the EWH website by July 30th.
1st place: Washington University in St Louis Chapter, ZnDermal: A Transdermal Zinc Delivery System
2nd place: Clemson University Chapter, CryoCover: Low-Cost Neonatal Hypothermia Therapy
3rd place: Cornell University Chapter, Vaccine Refrigeration Device
1st place: Washington University in St Louis Chapter, Electroluminescence Biliblanket
2nd place: Clemson Chapter, Low-cost Glucometer
3rd place: Johns Hopkins Chapter, A LowCost, Reliable Device to Measure Oxygen Concentration Output from Oxygen Concentrators in Developing World Hospitals
1st place: Washington University-St Louis Chapter, Low-Cost Spirometer
2nd place: UC San Diego Chapter, HIV Treatment Failure Detection System
3rd place: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Chapter, Low-Cost, Reusable & Robust Sterilizer Tester
1st place: Oxford Chapter, Low-cost Blood Pressure Monitoring Device
2nd place: Purdue Chapter, Low Cost HIV Disease Progression Monitoring Device
3rd place: Johns Hopkins Chapter, Measurement of Oxygen Concentration Output from Oxygen Concentrators
1st place: Georgia Tech Chapter, ENZI Uninterruptible Power Supply
2nd place: ITESM Chihuahua Chapter, Low Cost ECG Machine
3rd place: Duke Chapter, X-Ray Development Timer