Design Challenge | SourceAmerica

Design Challenge | SourceAmerica

  Design Challenge Update In light of increasing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus


Design Challenge Update

In light of increasing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, SourceAmerica has chosen to celebrate the 2020 Design Challenge Finals virtually.

While we’re disappointed that the in-person event won’t be held, SourceAmerica isn’t alone in choosing to prioritize the health of our participants over their attendance at major events. We have joined a growing number of organizations and businesses across the country in taking this preventative action.

We are looking at options to minimize the impact of this change and move forward with virtual judging for the finals. We will provide additional updates as they become available online here.

Designing Technology So Everyone Can Work

The SourceAmerica Design Challenge is a national engineering competition for high school and college students. The goal is to create assistive technologies that increase the economic mobility and earning potential of people with disabilities, and that can be replicated in different work environments throughout the United States.

As part of the Design Challenge, student teams collaborate with a person with a disability (subject matter expert) in their community or at one of SourceAmerica’s member nonprofits. Working together, subject matter experts and their teammates create a process, device, system or software that can be used by the subject matter expert to overcome a barrier they face in the workplace. Inventions are evaluated based on their impact, not technical sophistication.

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SourceAmerica is committed to improving the employment opportunities, economic empowerment, and upward mobility of people with disabilities. One of the many ways we support our community is through engineering solutions and programs like Design Challenge.

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