Global Health Technologies Design Competition for Undergrads Around the World

Rice 360° Institute for Global Health holds an annual global health technologies design competition, which is open to undergraduates from universities across the country and world. Each year, over 20 teams of undergraduate students present on technologies they have designed to address global health needs. Teams are judged on how clearly they articulate the global health need their technologies seek to address, as well as on the technical and social feasibility of their proposed solutions. Judges from industry, medicine, and academia also consider each team’s plan to overcome technical and social hurdles associated with their technologies.

To be eligible to participate in the Design Competition, teams must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be undergraduate students from any major.
  • Develop a design that addresses a global health need using a technical approach.
  • Present projects that emanate from coursework or other extracurricular activities.
  • Teams should incorporate the design constraints encountered in providing healthcare in resource-limited settings.
  • Entries will be judged on the quality of the problem definition, the effectiveness and potential impact of the design solution, and the likelihood that the design solution can be successful in improving healthcare delivery in a low-resource setting.

Registration for the 2016 competition is open!

To apply, please submit the online application along with:

  • Problem Definition (50 words or less)
  • Abstract (400 words or less)
  • Elevator Pitch (3 minutes or less): Create a video about the problem and your team’s general approach.
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