nTopEd Competition: Submissions now open!

We have an exciting opportunity for nTopEd, nTopology’s Education Community. We’re looking for innovators, entrepreneurs, and engineering talents to present in three 15-minute academic speaking slots during our first annual thought-leadership event happening online in May 2021. We’re also giving the selected presenters $1000 to support their work.

Lizabeth Arum
February 8, 2021

Between now and April 2, we’re calling for abstracts.  If selected, nTopology will feature your work on our website and on our social media channels. More importantly, we’ll give you the opportunity to present to industry leaders during our exciting multi-day event. 

nTopEd Challenge 2021

The guidelines are simple. You can participate if you fall into one of these categories: 

  • You are a current or former member of the education community
  • You are currently a student
  • If you completed your studies after January 2020  

If your license has expired, that’s not a problem, just contact education@ntopology.com and we will give you an EDU license valid until the event. 

We’ll be accepting submissions from individual contributors as well as teams.

To be considered, submit an abstract (link below) that includes a problem statement that you solved with the help of nTopology. Be sure to include not just the problem statement but also how you solved it and its relevance. You may use existing or new work. Your work can be anything from conceptual to parts that have been fully manufactured and tested. 

We’re looking for great uses of nTopology in any of the following categories: 

  • Product Design 
  • Transportation
  • Sports
  • Materials 

But, if your work doesn’t fall into one of our prescribed categories, that’s okay, create your own category! nTopology is the next-generation software that helps you create transformative parts. That said, it would not be unthinkable that your work is breaking boundaries and isn’t aligned with one of our categories (which is awesome!).

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2nd, 2020, 23:59 ET

Below you’ll find all the details you need to know.

The Categories

Category Examples
Product Design Consumer products, consumer electronics, gadgets, fashion
Sports Protective, recreational, or conceptual equipment
Transportation Automotive, electric vehicles, alternative urban transport, aircraft, spacecraft, drones


If you’re not sure which category your project belongs to, you can specify “other” or select a combination in your application.

The Criteria & Award

A panel of nTopology experts will be selecting three winners based on the following criteria:

  • Presentation (40%)
  • Level of innovation and potential impact of their project (30%)
  • Use of nTopology (30%)

The winners will receive:

  • A 15-minute presentation slot to talk about your work in front of industry leaders during our annual event
  • $1000 in to support their project 
  • Media exposure to a global audience

Don’t miss out on a chance to get your work in front of a broader audience. Here’s a link to the abstract submission form.

Interested in joining nTopEd? Complete this form.

Written by
Artist, tinkerer, and educator, Liz is the Education Partner Manager for nTopology. She brings eight years of experience introducing and integrating desktop 3D printing into education, working at Makerbot Industries, Tinkerine, and Ultimaker. Passionate about connecting people and ideas and creating communities, like the Ultimaker Pioneer Program, she is a co-founder of Construct3D, a vendor-agnostic national 3D printing and digital fabrication conference and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students from informal, K-12, and higher education contexts. Liz is a graduate of the Cooper Union and NYU’s ITP.