2021 Global Health Technology Challenge

Competition criteria:

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

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

  • Projects can emanate from coursework or other extracurricular activities.

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

To register, teams must submit:

  • Problem Definition (50 words or less).

  • 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, 4) conclusion.  

    • References and credits not to be included in abstract.

    • If you choose, you may include one figure or table with caption.

    • Title your document TEAMNAME_UNIVERISTYNAME.doc  or .pdf.

  • 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.

Email rice360@rice.edu for more information.

Registration opens:
December 14, 2020

Registration deadline:
February 12, 2021

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.

Selected teams will be notified by: February 26, 2021


Past Competitions

Competition Videos

Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health
6100 Main MS-636
Houston, Texas 77005-1827

Rice 360˚ Malawi

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

P.O. Box 95
Paediatric Department
Blantyre, Malawi


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