Tomorrow’s Engineers Making a Difference Today

NYSID’s academic challenge encourages assistive technology innovation for New Yorkers with disabilities in order to remove barriers from the workplace. CREATE offers student engineers the opportunity to put their knowledge to use in the context of a real-life experience during their capstone projects.

If you would like your college engineering department or NYSID member agency to participate in CREATE for the 2018-2019 school year, email Brian Bateman at create@nysid.org.


2019 CREATE Symposium

April 10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Room 6 of the North Concourse/Empire State Plaza

Every spring, CREATE participants display their inventions designed to help those with disabilities succeed in their jobs. The students, their professors, and their NYSID rehabilitation agency partners gather in Albany for the CREATE Symposium, open to the public. This is the biggest year ever for CREATE, with 9 colleges and 11 NYSID member rehabilitation organizations producing 21 inventions. Each invention will be evaluated by a panel of judges (see below). Members of the NYS legislature attend and will speak at the CREATE Symposium. Read more about the symposium HERE.

See pictures from last year's Symposium on the left.


Assistive Technology Competition

At the annual CREATE Symposium,  students' inventions are judged by a panel of community leaders. Prize money is split between the students (50%), the school (30%) and the NYSID member agency (20%).

This year's judges are: Dr. Andrew Dubin of Albany Medical Center, Robert Schwartz (Schwartz Heslin Group), Mike Tucker (Tucker Strategies), Suzanne Bakiewicz (ARC Herkimer), Bob Testa (Christian Brothers Academy) and Andy Grosso (retired NYSID VP, Business Development and CREATE co-founder).


Creating Opportunities

If you would like your college engineering department or NYSID member agency to participate in CREATE for the 2019-2020 school year, email Brian Bateman at create@nysid.org.