Technology, the Arts, and Design (TAD) Competition

RIT is at the heart of the intersection of technology, the arts, and design. And what better opportunity to showcase this work than at Imagine RIT. If your exhibit falls into the criteria below, this TAD contest is for you!

The contest is open to all current RIT students (undergraduate or graduate level) including faculty led groups, whose Imagine RIT exhibit align with the criteria listed below. Student groups, and faculty led student groups are both encouraged to enter for consideration.

Three monetary prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to the top winner in each of the TAD categories. There will be only one winner per category.*

Entry for consideration must be submitted by February 1, 2023, via the Imagine RIT proposal system. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be able to display exhibit in the Gene Polisseni Center to participate. Questions can be submitted to the Director of Imagine RIT, Ann Ielapi, at

Event organizers will review submissions and participants will be selected by March 1, 2023. Winners will be announced at Imagine RIT on April 29, 2023.

* All awards, prizes, and/or gifts given by RIT are taxable to the recipient, students, and non-students alike.

For Non-resident aliens: Any awards, prizes, and/or gifts received by a non-resident alien are immediately taxable at 30%.

All non-resident alien prize recipients should contact RIT payroll/accounts payable as soon as possible to make arrangements to pay their tax due upon receipt of the award/prize/gift. A 1042-S document will be issued at year-end to summarize the amount of miscellaneous income that is being reported to the IRS.

For U.S. citizens and/or U.S. resident aliens: Any awards, prizes, and/or gifts received by a U.S. citizen and/or U.S. resident are taxable at TBD%.

All U.S. citizens and/or U.S. resident alien prize recipients will receive a 1099-MISC document from RIT’s payroll/accounts payable, if applicable, at year-end to summarize the amount of miscellaneous income that is being reported to the IRS.

For Employees: Any cash gift – or cash equivalent gift – received by an RIT employee as a result of their participation in an RIT event or contest is taxable to said employee. The value of the cash and/or cash equivalent will be processed in a subsequent payroll check and the applicable taxation will be withheld.

Elements of TAD

Technology refers to the innovative application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

The Arts involve creative endeavors that communicate and connect through aesthetic experience.

Design is the empathetic, iterative synthesis of function and form to align product, user, and environment.

Does my exhibit qualify for consideration?


  • Potential to enrich involved disciplines (transdisciplinary)
  • Potential for outstanding innovation or creative outcomes that could not have been achieved by traditional disciplinary approaches
  • Synergistic benefits
  • Boundaries/nature of each field expanded

What categories are judges evaluating for?


  1. Solving Humanity’s Complex Problems: uniting diverse perspectives and expertise to identify challenging problems, understand the underlying complexity, and develop creative, collaborative solutions
    • Health and Well-being
    • Sustainability and Environment
    • Equity and Access
  2. Storytelling through Enhanced Realities: leveraging Technology to help spin imaginative tales, put on wondrous shows, and create compelling experiences
  3. Pushing the Boundaries of Visual Communication and Imaging: uniting expertise with technology to explore the boundaries of visual media and media technologies

How do I enter my Imagine RIT exhibit for consideration to compete?

In the proposal system under exhibit information, select ‘yes’ to the question “Are you planning to submit your exhibit for consideration to compete in the TAD competition?” This must be done no later than February 1, 2023.