The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition challenges university students across Canada to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility barriers for people 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
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
How to apply
Students must be nominated by a university representative (faculty or administration) before submitting their project to the IDeA 2020 student competition.
- To nominate a student or student team, the university representative must create an account at https://portal.scholarshippartners.ca/welcome/idea_en/; university representatives who have previously nominated a student will simply need to log into the system using their email address and password.
- University representatives must provide the student’s name and email address for each project endorsed. If a team is being nominated, one student will be named as the team delegate. The university representative will receive an email confirmation once the nomination has been submitted.
- Once nominated, the student will receive an email inviting them to complete the submission form. The student will receive a confirmation email when the submission has been successfully completed.
First place – Three prizes of $5,000
Students who finish in first place will receive $5,000 and all expenses paid trip to showcase their project at a national conference.
Second place – Three prizes of $1,500
Third place – Three prizes of $1,000
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