Innovative designs for accessibility competition

About the competition

The Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition aims to inspire  students to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues resulting in communities that are more accessible for persons with disabilities.

The objectives of the program are:

  • to contribute to the creation of a culture of accessibility in Canada
  • to motivate students to think about accessibility issues and to include accessibility in their creation of social and technological innovations now and in the future
  • to develop cost-effective, practical and innovative concepts, programs, initiatives or designs that address everyday accessibility issues

Competition now open

The IDeA competition runs from March 1 to May 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm (EST).

View the competition guidelines now

Illustration of an open hand holding a light bulb. Innovative Designs for Accessibility. Innovations pour l'accessibilité.

 

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled in any postsecondary program at a university which has recognized provincial degree-granting power, or their affiliates
  • Students in all programs including architecture, arts, business, computer science, early childhood education, engineering, industrial design, medicine, nursing, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, etc. are welcome to apply

Prizes

First place – $2,000

Students who finish in first place will receive $2,000 and all expenses paid trip to showcase their project at the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) Annual Conference.

Second place – $1,500

Third place – $1,000

Engineering students at UBC built a custom wheelchair frame out of state of the art chromoly. This innovation allowed me to exponentially increase my speed and propelled me to new levels that I could not have imagined before.

Information

Brian Carriere
Program Officer
Universities Canada
E-mail: idea@univcan.ca
Tel.: (613) 563-1236, ext. 279

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Universities Canada administers the IDeA student competition, a national program on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada.

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