Designing technology so everyone can work.
Vienna, Virginia (PRWEB) October 21, 2014
SourceAmerica® Design Challenge, an engineering competition that addresses employment challenges faced by people with disabilities, is now accepting applications from college teams. Each team is charged with researching, designing and developing technology to assist people with disabilities so that they can become more productive in the workplace or assume a new job. Team projects are due April 9, 2015.
College student teams will partner with either an organization that employs people with disabilities, or an individual with a disability, to invent a process, device, system or software for a more productive work environment.
“Students are able to get out of the classroom to experience life as an engineer,” said Charissa Garcia, Design Challenge Coordinator. “These future designers and entrepreneurs will develop their writing, math, presentation, and social skills, all while helping their community.”
The three finalist teams will receive a trip to Washington, DC, to compete for first place and a chance to win up to $30,000 for their school, coach, team, and nonprofit.
“These students have an opportunity to receive great prizes,” said Garcia, “but more importantly, they receive the potential to change a life.”
More information including student team registration can be found here: sourceamericadesignchallenge.org
Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce: people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,000 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, VA, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne® authorized enterprise.