2019 Design Challenge Finalist

Why Should You Participate in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge?

  • Get real-world engineering experience by developing people-centered design solutions
  • Visit Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and raise awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face in the workplace
  • Improve the earning potential for people with disabilities
  • Create a positive, lasting impact on community-based nonprofit agencies that employ people with disabilities
  • Earn school credits
  • Win monetary awards

The best part is probably just being able to see the design go through and actually being able to apply everything I’ve learned and being able to see it in real life and then also being able to actually watch as my device is actually helping someone.

Kaitlyn Dempsey

2018 Design Challenge Student Participant

How It Works

As a participant in the Design Challenge, you will form a team; collaborate with a person with a disability (subject matter expert) in your community or at one of SourceAmerica’s member nonprofit agencies to identify a workplace challenge they are experiencing; design a technology to address that challenge; and build, test, fine-tune and document your invention. Winning teams will travel to Washington, DC to showcase their designs, meet with members of Congress and compete for awards.

All teams must include a student team leader, student team members, a coach and a person with a disability who will serve as the team’s subject matter expert. Subject matter experts will co-design and test the invention and will use it in their workplace. All inventions must be employment-related and will be evaluated based on their impact, not technological sophistication.

Registration for the 2020 Design Challenge is now closed.
To learn more about participating in the 2021 Design Challenge competition, click here.