Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) Student Awards 2016 - NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Dear Educators,
The Universal Design Grand Challenge 2016 is now open for student entries.  Please encourage your students in the final two years of study, post grads and recently graduated students to enter their best project in the Universal Design Grand Challenge.  Any student project may enter that focuses on designing or developing a solution that works for a wide range of people.  This is NOT about disability specific designs, but about products, services, technology or built environment designs and solutions that enable a wide range of people to use them.
What to do next:
  1. Please send the email below with information on entry requirements, key dates and the entry process to all students and relevant fellow educators.
  1. Get posters to advertise the awards in your college.  Email us at info@ceud.ie
  1. Get curriculum materials from us to support you in teaching Universal Design in any courses of education that involve students learning about people and how they interact with and use products, services, technology or the built environment.
To find out more about the awards, last years winner and what other educators think about them, go to http://universaldesign.ie/Awards/Student-Awards/ 
 
 
 

Information for students: 

 
Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) Student Awards 2016
Calling all students in the final two years of study, post grads and recently graduates to enter their student project to win trophies, cash prizes, mentoring supports and  commercialion funding.  Enter any project that focuses on designing or developing a solution that works for a wide range of people.   

Enter now at: http://universaldesign.ie/GrandChallenge 
Closing date for entries:  28th March 2016 
Awards ceremony: 26th May, 2016.  Westin Hotel, Dublin 2

New award categories and a new, simpler entry process 

This years UDGC will feature:
  • Industry standard software for the registration, entry, judging and notification process.  Now entering is easier than ever before.
  • New award categories.  Instead of one we will have 3 Judges Awards for the "Built Environment", "Products and Services" and "Information and Communication Technology".  The winner of each category will receive a cash prize and the coveted UDCG perpetual trophy for that category.  
  • Don't worry -  the People's Choice Award and Universal Design for Commercialisation Award, supported by Enterprise Ireland will remain.

Did you know - the sky's the limit! 
Both of last year's winners of the Universal Design for Commercialisation Award were successful in receiving funding for a feasibility study from Enterprise Ireland.  Read more about these and other previous winners here: http://universaldesign.ie/Awards/Student-Awards/ 
 

More about the prizes
1.        UDGC People’s Choice Award Trophy (travelling perpetual trophy) €1,000.00 in prize money (€500 for the school plus €500 for the student(s)).  The winner of the People's Choice Award is voted on during the Awards Night.  
2.        UDGC "Judges’ Choice Award: Technology" Trophy (travelling perpetual trophy) €1,000.00 in prize money (€500 for the school plus €500 for the student(s)).   The winner of the Judge's Choice Award: Technology category will be decided by an expert panel of judges during the Awards Night.  
3.        UDGC "Judges’ Choice Award: Product and Services" Trophy  (travelling perpetual trophy) €1,000.00 in prize money (€500 for the school plus €500 for the student(s)).  Highly Commended entries will also be announced at the UDGC event. 
4.        UDGC "Judges’ Choice Award: Built environment" Trophy (travelling perpetual trophy) €1,000.00 in prize money (€500 for the school plus €500 for the student(s)).  
5.        The Enterprise Ireland “Universal Design Commercialisation Award” will provide one or more of the shortlisted entrants with a Commercial Case Feasibility Grant.   

More about the Universal Design Grand Challenge 2016 
The Universal Design Grand Challenge aims to celebrate great student work and to encourage more students to consider Universal Design in their projects. The entry process for the students can take less than an hour. Universal Design is being promoted at International, European and National levels as a way to enhance innovation and create a more inclusive society. Universal Design prioritises all peoples’ needs in design. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is operating the UDGC as a way to promote Universal Design in education in Ireland. Students skilled in Universal Design will have an advantage in their future careers. 
For updates and more information go to http://universaldesign.ie/awards 
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