John’s Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition 2024 (Up to $36,000 prize pool)

Are you getting prepared for the John’s Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition? The competition showcases outstanding healthcare design.

John’s Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition 2024
John’s Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition 2024

Successful entries showcase a thorough understanding of the needs, the people impacted, focused problem-solving, and a practical solution for real-world application.

The Competition Tracks are as follows:

  • Advanced Health Systems Solution Designs
  • Global Health/ Humanitarian Design
  • Healthcare Apps/ Digital Health
  • Post-Surgical Infection Management.


For each track:

First place: $5,000

Second place: $3,000

Third place: $1,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • The project must be centered on a healthcare application in one of the 4 tracks.
  • The project must have commenced after January 1st, 2022.
  • The project must be headed by full-time students.
  • Postdoc research projects are not allowed.
  • Projects that have received substantial funding (> $100K) are not eligible.
  • Projects not led by full-time students, such as those managed by startup companies or faculty, are ineligible.
  • Eligible full-time students include those pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees (MBA, MD, etc.).
  • Project teams should consist of more than one full-time student.
  • Applicants can submit multiple unique projects.

Simplified Rubric for Design Brief

The Design Brief is a concise summary of your design project, spanning two pages. It should be tailored for an audience of medtech engineers and designers who may not have the same level of familiarity as you do with the clinical and solution space.

Content: Design Briefs will be assessed based on four criteria. It is suggested that the design brief be organized into sections dedicated to each of these criteria.

  • Problem description (25%)
  • Clearly outline the issue being addressed, provide the clinical/healthcare context, and justify the necessity for an improved solution.
  • Solution concept(s) (25%)
  • Introduce your proposed solution, along with the reasoning behind your design choices, and demonstrate how it fulfils the requirements of the stakeholders impacted by the clinical/healthcare problem.
  • Reduction to practice (25%)
  • Detail the experimental findings from your proof-of-concept testing and/or share images and descriptions of your prototype(s).
  • Pathway to implementation (25%)
  • Outline the next steps in advancing your project towards delivering a meaningful solution.


Ensure that your Design Brief does not exceed 2 pages, inclusive of any figures. If references are provided, list them on a separate page.

  • Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface with a font size of 11 points or larger. You may use the Symbol font for Greek letters or special characters while still complying with the font size requirement.
  • Maintain a type density of no more than 15 characters per inch, with no more than six lines per inch. Paper size should be standard (8 ½” x 11), and all pages must feature at least one-half-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) without any content in the margins.
  • Incorporate figures, plots, and/or photos, as they are recommended and count towards the page limit.
  • References, if included, should be on a separate page and do not contribute to the two-page maximum.

Application Procedure

To become part of the Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition, you must apply through the provided online application form.

Visit the official website of the Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition for additional information.

Application Deadline

February 12, 2024.



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