Thursday, April 11th
4:30pm - 7:00pm 
The Ion

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Registration OPENS:  March 1st
Registration DEADLINE:  April 4th



3:30pm - Judge and VIP Reception

4:00pm  - Students begin to stand near their projects and get ready for judging. 

4:30pm  - Competition – Judging starts

6:00pm  - Judging concludes - Scorecards turned in

6:15pm - People's Choice Award voting closes 

6:30pm  - Awards Ceremony

7:00pm  - Showcase closes, teams pack up and take posters down. Disassemble the poster display frame and bring them to the designated area at the registration desk. Teams that have prearranged moving help - pack up boxes and put them in designated area.


  • Teams Check-in from 12:30 - 3:30pm.
  • Teams begin to stand near their poster close to 4:00pm and prepare their prototype (if applicable) for judging.
  • Judging will start promptly at 4:30 pm.  
  • Judges will judge on two criteria, Technical Merit and Presentation Clarity, scoring between a 1 (poor) and 10 (excellent).  The technical merit score counts twice. 

  • Each team will be judged between 3 -5 times, depending on the number of judges. Each judge will score between 4-6 teams.

  • Judges will enter scores via a their own digital device such as a smartphone or tablet. Specific instructions on how to access the scorecard will be sent to the judges email address. 
  • There will be a People's Choice Award.  You are encouraged to any teams that interest you and vote on your favorite!


  • The Ion is located in Downtown Houston at 4201 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002. See map below.
  • Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to this parking lot, located across the street from the Ion building. This lot is between Eagle Street (to the north) and Wheeler Ave (to the south).
    • The parking lot entrance is roughly in the middle of the block - enter the parking lot before the pedestrian crosswalk/light on Fannin Street. Guests may enter the gate or buzz in if the gate is closed without a security attendant. 
    • When you exit your car, walk back towards the gate you entered towards the handicap exit - push the handicap button to exit. Walk across the street to The Ion, walk up to the main entrance. Please use caution when crossing the street.
    • NOTE: The Yellow Lot is only for retail parking. All visitors need to park in the RED LOT. If the Red Lot fills up, visitors can overflow to Greentown Labs (Green Lot). There are no parking fees at these lots at this time.

  • LIGHT RAIL: Rice University is located adjacent to METRO Red Line light rail corridor. This system connects Rice with downtown Houston, midtown, the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, and the Reliant Park complex. Additionally, numerous bus lines stops are within walking distance of the Rice campus, including the 26/27, 73, 8, and 34 among others.
  • From Rice, use the METRO Red Line light rail northbound to the Wheeler Transit Center stop. This is the closest light rail station to The Ion.

Contact us

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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