The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competition inspires university students across Canada to harness their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility issues for people with disabilities. Students in all programs—including architecture, arts, business, computer science, early childhood education, engineering, industrial design, medicine, nursing, political science, psychology, sociology and social work—are encouraged to enter the competition.
Applications for the IDeA 2019 Student Competition currently open. Winning teams will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to showcase their project at a national conference. Cash prizes are also available for second and third place teams. To learn more about the competition guidelines and application process, visit the website here.
The submission period ends on April 30th, 2019 at 5.00 PM EST.
Winners from the IDeA 2018 Competition included a team from Lassonde, consisting of Ali Sayed, Rui Amoah, Robert Ingino, and Rijul Aggarwal. For their project, they created a classroom simulation for visually impaired children to help them develop the confidence to attend classes in-person. To learn more about last year's winners, watch the video by Universities Canada by clicking here.