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2020 Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition

Deadline: February 16, 2020

Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition is open to all student-led teams from anywhere around the world who have designed health-related solutions (Medical Devices, Surgical tools, Diagnostic Services, Drug Delivery tools, Health IT solutions, mHealth solutions & Global Health Innovations).

There will be three tracks for the participating teams to choose from

  • Designs of Solutions for Advanced Health Systems

  • Global Health/ Humanitarian Design

  • Healthcare Apps/Information Technology Design

The participating teams will have to submit a Design Brief which is a two-page executive summary of their design project. The brief should be written for an audience of Medtech engineers and designers that are likely not intimately familiar with the proposed clinical and solution space.


Design Briefs will be evaluated by the following four criteria. They recommend the design brief is laid out in sections devoted to each criterion.

  • Problem description (25%)

Define the problem you are addressing, the clinical/healthcare background, and why there is a need for a better solution.

  • Solution concept(s) (25%)

Present your proposed solution with your design rationale and explain how it meets the needs of the stakeholders involved in your clinical/healthcare problem.

  • Reduction to practice (25%)

Describe the proof-of-concept experimental results you have completed and/or renderings and photos of your prototype(s).

  • Pathway to implementation (25%)

Describe the pathway that lies ahead for your project towards creating an impactful solution.

Eligibility for Application:

  • Project must be focused on a healthcare application

  1. Innovations for both high-resource settings and global health applications are eligible

  2. Device, hardware, and digital solutions are eligible

  • Project must have been started after January 1st, 2015

  • Project must be driven by full-time students

  1. Ph.D./Postdoc research projects and projects that have utilized significant research funding (>$100k) are ineligible

  2. Projects that are not run by full-time students are ineligible. For example, projects run by startup companies or faculty are ineligible.

  3. Eligible full-time students include those working towards undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees (MBA, MD, etc.).

If you have any questions regarding your team’s eligibility, please contact Aditya Polsani at apolsan1@jhu.edu.


The Design Brief must be <=2 pages in length including figures and must follow NIH formatting guidelines:

  • Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font colour, and a font size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies.)

  • Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch. Type may be no more than six lines per inch. Use standard paper size (8 ½” x 11) . Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. No information should appear in the margins.

  • Figures, plots, reference, and/or photos are highly recommended but are counted towards the page limit.

Any design briefs longer than 2 pages will be disqualified from the competition.


  • February 16 – Submission of Proposals

  • March 16 – Announcement of Applicants Selected

  • April 19 – Finals at JHU Homewood Campus



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