Friday, March 27

8:00am - 6:30pm

Duncan Hall

McMurty Auditorium

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005

The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health Tenth Annual Undergraduate Global Technologies Design Competition will feature selected student teams from national and international universities who will present low-cost technologies they have designed to address global health challenges in low-resource settings. Judges from industry, academia and medicine will evaluate the designs.

Interested teams are encouraged to apply by 

Sunday, February 16, 2020 | midnight CST




Dr. Wendy Taylor

Rockefeller Foundation Fellow

During her 6+ years as the Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID, she spearheaded several initiatives including the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge for Development. Currently, Dr. Taylor is a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation studying the use of digital health technologies to predict and prevent pandemic threats.

Keynote Address will start at 



Identify a challenge in delivering health care in the developing world and design a technology to solve the problem.

Competition criteria:


  1. Teams can be comprised of undergraduate students from any major.

  2. Design must address a global health need using a technical approach.

  3. Projects can emanate from coursework or other extracurricular activities.

  4. Teams should incorporate the design constraints encountered in providing healthcare in resource-limited settings.

Entries will be judged on the quality of the problem definition, the effectiveness and potential impact of the design solution, and the likelihood that the design solution can be successful in improving healthcare delivery in a low-resource setting.

Registration & Guidelines

Things to prepare for registration:

  1. Problem Definition (50 words or less).

  2. Abstract (400 words or less). Include: 

    1. Description of the design problem and an assessment of the need for a solution 

    2. Design criteria and constraints

    3. Description, status and evaluation of the prototype and conclusion.

    4. References and credits not to be included in abstract. If you choose, you may include one figure or table with caption.

    5. Title your document TEAMNAME_UNIVERISTY NAME.doc or .pdf

  3. Elevator Pitch (3 minutes or less): Create a video about the problem and your team’s general approach. It should not focus greatly upon your proposed or actual solution, its technical details or include any proprietary information surrounding the project. You will upload this as a link to an unlisted YouTube video.

Registration Deadine: February 16, 2020

Teams selected to present at the competition will be notified by February 24, 2019.