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BTEC X BMES Design-A-Thon

General Information

We are excited to announce that BU BMES is collaborating with BTEC to create our second year-long Design-A-Thon 2023-2024!

Students will have the opportunity to work with a graduate student mentor and utilize BTEC resources to bring their project to life and compete for a chance to win a prize! Regardless of the outcome, this is a great opportunity to work on a long-term project, gain leadership experience, and form connections with graduate students and industry partners.

Important Dates

  • Kick-Off Meeting: September 28th, 2023 – 6:30-7 PM in BTEC 201
  • Initial Ideas Due: October 26, 2023**
  • Project Proposal Presentations: December 9th. 2023
  • Final Project Presentations/ Banquet: Tentatively April 29th, 2024 at 12PM

**Any students who wish to join the competition past the initial ideas deadline, please email either or

The Challenge

This competition is focused on challenges around healthcare disparities for underrepresented minorities and low-income communities and how diversity considerations incorporated into design can enhance the quality of a product.

Student projects should amplify a sense of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and convey it to the larger community within an engineering design context.


1. Data Science, Precision, & Predictive Medicine

2. Molecular & Tissue Engineering, & Drug Delivery

3. Biosensors, Medical Devices, & Diagnostics

Challenge Statement and Judging Criteria


The Prizes

3 first place prizes:

$1000 for each category

$100 for each winning-team graduate student

$250 student choice award


Eligibility and Registration

Teams should contain 2-5 members. At least one student per group must be in the College of Engineering.

To sign-up, fill out your information in the interest form below no later than October 7th, 2022. Teams will be finalized by the next day and initial ideas are due soon after. You will be contacted by BMES with the next steps.

Initial ideas are due no later than 11:59 PM on October 26, 2023.

Any students who wish to join the competition past the deadline, please email either or


For Competitors

Each team will have a $200 budget for supplies that must be ordered through BTEC.

Please use the following form for supply requests:

 Please note that we cannot grant reimbursements for purchases so please be sure to submit all requests for supplies through the form. Orders may take about 2 weeks to arrive so please plan accordingly


Safety Trainings

To use all of the BTEC, SILab, and EPIC spaces, you must have the proper safety training. These must be completed prior to Initial Project Submission


All other information can be found in this google drive folder: CLICK ME

Inquiries can be sent to or