What we're all about:
Our students are working on solving the world's most pressing challenges through innovation, entrepreneurship and creating real-world solutions with real market potential. Born out of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s rapid and expansive efforts to respond to the challenges presented from COVID-19, the first Tandon Made Challenges provided incoming graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to focus their immense talents on solving pressing healthcare challenges during and after the crisis – and to potentially see their solutions brought to market.
The Tandon Made Challenge includes a challenge and a problem statement, to provide student teams with direction, and can run from 2 weeks long to an entire semester. The program kicked off in June 2020 with three primary challenges facing the post-COVID-19 healthcare industry. Incoming students formed teams or were assigned to a team and signed up for one or all the challenges. Teams are formed through a series of methods, including a student wide team hunt. When teams are unable to form, the Tandon Made Challenge hand selects team members based on their experience and interests. Webinars on the challenge topics occur throughout the weeks leading up to and at the start of each challenge, providing ample opportunities for students to learn from industry experts, engineering leaders, and Tandon’s talented faculty members. Each student team is also assigned a Teaching Assistant mentor to support the teams’ journey towards developing a concept and validating its technical feasibility. Faculty members and interested alumni are also encouraged to participate by joining the team(s) in order to provide industry expertise and guidance.
Past Challenges and Winners:
Zero Contact Touchless Hardware Retrofits Challenge
June 1 — June 17
Problem Statement: How can we develop novel retrofits of current hardware — doors, elevators, and payment systems to name a few — to enable engagement in a way that eliminates the transmission of any bacteria or viruses on surfaces?
Telecommunication, Telehealth and Teletherapy enabled by Communications (5G) Challenge
June 22 — July 8
Problem Statement: How can we utilize the latest advancement in 5G and other wireless technologies to provide remote diagnostics, support, and, when applicable, treatment support to patients in an effort to enable the next generation in healthcare?
Robotic Control of Healthcare Devices Challenge
July 13 — July 29
Problem Statement: How can we enable the remote control of critical healthcare equipment such as ventilators, dialysis machines, or others without placing healthcare workers into a potentially threatening environment that can be contaminated with a virus like COVID-19?
Each challenge has a $10,000 prize pool split between the undergraduate and graduate winning teams. A portion of the prize will be given to the teams upon winning the challenge and the remainder held in the teams’ name and awarded in trenches upon the completion of certain development milestones, such as the creation of the first prototype. Additionally, to recognize and support participating teams’ entrepreneurial spirit, all teams that participate in all three NYU Tandon Made Challenges will be awarded prototype funding and support from the NYU Tandon Made Challenge team to iterate on the concepts submitted to all three of the NYU Tandon Made Challenges.
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