Always wanted to fly, zap your enemies with lightning, or own an invisibility cloak? Now’s your chance to apply your design and engineering skills to achieve your dreams. TEI is delighted to announce its first student design challenge, which will focus on superhero costumes and accessories. Designs will be presented and prizes will be awarded at a special runway event during TEI 2011.

October 31st: Entry deadline (a simple email with details about your team, nothing actually due)
December 10th: TEI early registration deadline (confirm challenge participation by registering)
Dec. 10th-Jan. 22nd: Project development
January 23-26th: TEI conference: design presentation

Projects will be presented at a special runway event held during TEI 2011. Each team will have 5-10 minutes to dazzle the crowd with a demonstration of their costume in action. This presentation will be modeled on a fashion runway show, so teams should arrange to have someone wear and demonstrate the costume in person.

We will award cash prizes of $1000 each in three categories:

• Inventiveness
• Quality of execution
• Presentation and style

All TEI attendees will vote to elect the winners in each category.

To reserve a place in the design challenge, send an entry email to the challenge chair, Leah Buechley ( no later than October 31st, 2010. The email should contain:

1) A list of team members and their affiliations (only students are allowed to participate)

2) Primary contact name (one person) and information:

• Email address
• Phone number
• Contact address

Send these details to Leah Buechley:

Teams should consist of 1-5 members. A person can serve on more than one team, but each team must consist of a unique group of people.

During the voting period, each team will be allowed to present one ensemble that can include garments and gadgets for one superhero. Teams will not be allowed to present multiple ensembles. All gadgets should be wearable/portable. Watches, swords, and stilts are fair game; cars, side kicks, and (non-portable) dwellings are not.

At least one person on each team must be registered and present at TEI.

Teams must bring the computers, hardware, and materials necessary for their project to the conference. No equipment will be given out at TEI. TEI will provide lighting and music, and we expect to be able to accommodate reasonable sound and lighting requests.

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