Student of da Vinci Award

    Since its inception in 2001, the da Vinci Awards® have recognized the most innovative developments in assistive technology and the ideas and designs that best encompass the principles of universal design. All students (individuals or groups, high school through graduate school) are encouraged to submit their own design projects for consideration in one of the five award categories (see Nomination page). The best student submission across all categories will be recognized with the Student of da Vinci Award. Student submissions will also be considered for the top prize in their respective category, the prestigious da Vinci Award.

    The winning student or student group will receive the Student of da Vinci trophy, as well as recognition at the da Vinci Awards Banquet and online in the da Vinci Awards Winners Gallery.

    February 14, 2014

    See Nomination page.

    The Student of da Vinci Award is limited to students enrolled in college (undergraduate or graduate), technical school or high school. Students may apply individually or as part of a group (e.g., class project team or school organization). If a group is comprised of a combination of students and non-students, please email to discuss eligibility for the student competition. All submissions, regardless of academic standing, will be considered for the da Vinci Award in each category.

    A non-refundable, tax-deductible application fee is required with each nomination. The fee partially covers expenses associated with the evaluation process. A hardship waiver may be requested by contacting Patti Radzik at 248-936-0342 or via email, at Hardship waivers are evaluated on an individual basis. For college/university students, submission costs may be covered by college or departmental funding. To help with your request for financial assistance in securing the nomination fee by your school or department you can use the following Microsoft Word template. Please explore these options before requesting a hardship waiver.

    Submissions are evaluated by a highly qualified, impartial panel of judges representing the technology and disability communities. Student submissions will be evaluated based on innovation, creativity, design and the potential for social impact. Judges may request additional information from nominees.

    Students with innovative ideas, but who may only be in the preliminary stages of design and development, are encouraged to apply.

    If you have any further questions, please see the official Nomination page for more submission details or contact Patti at