Change People’s Lives: The Design Competition

Announcing a great opportunity for designers and design students interested in products that minimize physical or cognitive limitations and facilitate living fully!

The Goal:

To design a new product or technology, either a product for the general market that works for the widest possible range of ability or a specialized product tailored to the needs of individuals with functional limitations.

The Prize:

Cash award of $5,000 in addition to other prizes to top contenders. The winner will also have the opportunity to have the winning design prototyped by a key design firm.


The competition is open to current students in the state who are enrolled in a degree granting 2-or 4-year undergraduate or graduate program, or young professionals residing in Massachusetts who are not more than ten years into their professional lives. Additional eligibility restrictions apply.


Submissions must be received by September 2, 2011

Learn More:

Download eligibility and competition requirements in Word
Download eligibility and competition requirements PDF


The design competition is being hosted in conjunction with the event “Products and Technologies that Change People’s Lives – Universal Design and Assistive Technology in Massachusetts.” This is a combined Expo/Conference/Policy Summit taking place September 23, 2011 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It is sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and convened by the Institute for Human Centered Design (Boston, MA).  Learn more at

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