microMedicAre you making the medical devices of the future? Or do you want to experiment with making people’s lives better whether in the hospital or in a remote clinic? Here’s the contest for you!

Over $25,000 in prizes are up for grabs for projects representing “the next generation of medical innovation” in the 2013 National microMedic contest. Use microcontrollers and sensors to create open-source medical applications and products for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training, and more.

STEM teachers, attention! They’ve got some free hardware for you to use with your students to make their winning projects.

“Over 100 free contest kits will be given away on a first come first serve basis to qualified applicants. Use your favorite microcontroller or apply to receive a free kit that includes either the Parallax multi-core Propeller chip or a shield for use with the Arduino microcontroller. The kit also contains various sensors, LED displays, infrared emitters, a blood pressure cuff, heart rate monitor and many other components to spark your imagination.”

The contest is sponsored by TATRC (the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center), Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc.

Dr. Brett Talbot, chief scientist for the Armed Forces Simulation Institute for Medicine Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center, shared “we’re looking for microcontroller-based projects for the health and medical simulation community that combine the latest use of sensors, 3D printing, CNC and science disciplines.”

Prizes will be awarded to 17 educational winners and 8 winners from the public category. For educational entrants they have $13K of prizes which can be taken as Parallax hardware (up to $30K in value). Deadline: July 31st, 2013

For more information on the 2013 microMedic Contest visit the page for the 2013 National microMedic Contest.

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