The Wearables Workshop & University Challenge is the TCC's most highly anticipated annual event. Our goal is to engage industry, government, and academic researchers to identify and solve the greatest challenge in Wearable Technology today. Here, we broadly define Wearables as anything worn on the human body for any application, including but not limited to: space suits, backpacks, medical devices, helmets, exoskeletons, shoes, and more!
Hosted at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, the workshop is an opportunity for anyone interested in wearables to learn, network, and contribute. University Challenge Teams present their solutions to industry-identified challenges. Experts in the field - ranging from biotech startups to astronauts - share their perspective. The schedule consists of presentations, panels, and various opportunities to network. Keep an eye out for our announcement of the 2024 schedule!
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Challenges are problem statements submitted by NASA, industry, start-ups, or other organizations who are actively developing wearable technology. Interested in submitting a challenge statement? Let us know!
Challenge statements will be released in January before the April workshop.
Challenge Sponsors are expected to meet periodically (virtually or in person) with the responding teams. Sponsors should supply reasonable background information and feedback to the teams during the project. Sponsors may optionally supply materials, funding, workspace, etc. Additionally, at least one representative from the sponsor's organization should attend the workshop in-person in Houston, TX.
Undergraduate or graduate students actively enrolled degree-granting institutions are eligible to form a Challenge team. Teams may consist of up to six students. At least one team member should attend the workshop in-person in Houston, TX.
Challenge teams are expected to meet periodically (virtually or in person) with the Challenge Sponsor. Sponsor check-ins and the initial challenge statement should guide the team's solution. At the workshop, challenge teams will each have a 10 minute timeslot to present, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. Additionally, there will be a Challenge Team Showcase where you will have table space to set up a prototype or poster and mingle!
This will vary year to year depending on participation and sponsorship. At minimum, teams will receive written feedback on their presentation and design. In 2023, the "overall best design" team received a trophy and a chance to present their solution in front of a NASA contractor's engineering department. Check back for updates regarding the 2024 workshop. The greatest reward is the experience and connections gained throughout the challenge process!
Intellectual property (IP) remains with the original owner unless otherwise agreed upon by both the Challenge Team and Challenge Sponsor. The TCC does not dictate IP agreements but can assist in mediating these discussions. We hope that the WW&UC catalyzes mutually beneficial partnerships for years to come!