1. Category Description & Objective

The goal of the Innovative Design category is to encourage undergraduate engineering students to utilize their creativity and education to develop a product or service. Engineers often develop innovative new designs or innovate upon existing designs in ways that benefit society and generate economic returns. In this category, competitors must design a marketable product or service, or a component of a service that is a significant improvement upon previous designs. Winning entries will combine originality, technical and economic feasibility, justifiable design choices, and a high quality presentation and exhibit.

A new competition category, Business Innovation, will be added for business students.

2. Category Logistics

2.1. Awards

First Place: Coming Soon

Second Place:Coming Soon

Third Place: Coming Soon

2.2. Eligibility

· Each team is required to submit a one (1) page abstract that summarizes their design approximately two (3) days prior to the competition. The abstract will be reviewed by the REC Organizing Committee and the Competition Official to assess the suitability of the presentation for inclusion in Innovative Design and will be given to the judges for information prior to the start of judging.

2.3. Facilities Provided by the Competitors

Competitors are responsible to provide any and all materials required for demonstration and presentation of the design. This includes but is not limited to display stands and boards, computers, and projectors.

2.4. Competition Personnel

· One (1) Category Official

· One (1) or more timekeepers. Multiple timekeepers are needed only if there are multiple streams of judging.

3. Competitor Deliverables

Teams in Innovative Design are required to come up with a slideshow presentation and do an oral presentation on the competition.

The slideshow presentation should display the design in a clear, concise, well-organized, informative, and professional manner. Project drawings and technical and economic analysis reports should be part of the presentation. Display of a prototype or model to demonstrate the feasibility of the design is strongly recommended.

The oral presentation should summarize the technical and economic analysis and demonstrate the design to the judges and the general public.

4. Judging

The most important aspects of evaluation in this category are depth of understanding of the topic, technical and economic feasibility, the ability to market the product or idea, effective communication, and the quality of the presentation. The depth of the team’s understanding of the topic will be assessed during the question period. In order to be considered for an award in this category the team must convince the judges that the design is viable and will work if implemented.

The organizing committee should select judges that have appropriate experience in a range of disciplines. There will be three judges to evaluate your designs.

Judges’ deliberation will be conducted privately and the results will not be released until the final banquet. A feedback form from the judges will be compiled for each team and delivered to the teams individually.

5. Scoring

     Design Justification  20%
     Economic Feasibility  15%
     Technical feasibility  15%
     Innovation  20%
     Quality of visual aids  15%
     Speaker quality  10%
     Compliance with time  5%

6. Competition Procedures

Competitors will be given a maximum of twenty (20) minutes to present. The time remaining must be announced at 10 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute before the end of the allotted time. A visual countdown must be given during the last 30 seconds of the presentation

A ten (10) minute question period will follow the presentation during which the judges and the general public will be allowed to ask questions, with priority given to the judges’ questions.