Design Innovation Challenge Rules

Theme: Assistive Technology for at Home Living(a $100+ billion market in 2018)


Competition Kickoff: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 PM in Benton Hall.
Idea Exchange: Monday, November 25, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 PM in Benton Hall.
Proposal Due: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
Finalists Notified: Thursday, January 2, 2020 via email.
Presentation of Project: Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the CEC Senior Design Expo.


Prizes award to the top two teams. Prizes provided by MUCAT and CincyTech.


Eligibility: All currently enrolled Miami University Students are eligible to participate.
Teams: There is no limit to the number of team members but each team must include at least one student from CEC and one student from an academic division other than CEC. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged as judging will include aspects of software/prototype completeness, business plan, and market analysis. Teams will have a faculty advisor
Registration: Teams should register to indicate their intent to participate in the challenge.
Phase 1: Teams will submit a design proposal (3 page max, includes: team composition, problem definition, need justification, and preliminary idea with its innovative contribution clearly highlighted). Each team is encouraged to consult with MUCAT and potential faculty advisors.
Phase 2: Judges will select five (5) teams as finalists. Each finalist team will be provided a $500 budget to develop a prototype (and business model) for their project. All purchases using the $500 budget requires the approval of Mr. Jacob Veta (MUCAT).
Design Expo: Each finalist team will showcase their work during the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) Senior Design EXPO. This is a CEC annual event where current senior design teams present their capstone projects and finished products (if applicable). A completed prototype and a poster are required to be presented during the Design Expo. Competition judges will attend the event and score teams based on their presentations and prototypes. The top teams will be announced at the conclusion of the Design Expo.