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Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition

idea innovative designs for accessibility - a robotic hand holding a light bulbThe 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 every day accessibility issues

Applications open March 1

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

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


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


Brian Carriere
Program Officer
Universities Canada
E-mail: idea@univcan.ca
Tel.: 613.563.1236, ext. 279