TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers welcomes you to the
2024 TOM Global Innovation Challenge!
BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER!
February 12 - May 16, 2024
The TOM Global Innovation Challenge (GIC) is a competition to design, engineer, and create affordable technology that will help a person with a disability live a more independent, fulfilling life. All GIC solutions are developed to address a real challenge faced by a person with a disability or their family.
Your mission is to create an open-source, affordable solution that will best solve their challenge.
Congratulations to the 2023 Global Innovation Challenge Winners
Grand Prize Winners
Grand Prize Winner - Sports
Special Recognition Award
SPECIAL FOR 2023, THE TOM GLOBAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE WILL INCLUDE DEDICATED PRIZES FOR SPORTS-RELATED PROJECTS.
*Scroll down for more details
Bank Hapoalim Community Award:
Your GIC Project
Many people with disabilities and their families face challenges in almost every aspect of daily lives in areas such as personal care, mobility, the household, art, music, sports, and more. Your GIC project must solve one (or more) of these challenges.
You will need to assemble your team, find a person with a disability, family member or caregiver (we call them “Need Knowers”), investigate their challenge, and develop a solution that best answers their needs.
In addition, you must document your entire development process and submit the Concept, Working Model, and Prototype of your solution using TOM’s Project Editor. The final prototypes will be evaluated and scored by the judges.
Assemble your team
Find a challenge
Create your solution
Submit for judging
*About Sports-related Projects
For this year’s TOM Global Innovation Challenge we decided to give special prizes for solutions related to sports and athletic activity. Teams who develop sports-related solutions can choose to focus on two main areas:
Solutions that will help make
recreational and leisure
sports more accessible
for people with disabilities
Assistive devices that will help a
specific athlete or team qualify for-
and compete in- the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
Live Launch Event
Submit final project: Prototype
The GIC timeline follows the TOM stages of product development. Documenting and submitting the Concept and Working Model according to the timeline will give you the best chance of creating a quality solution and will set you up for success.
Your final project (Prototype and pitch video) must be submitted by May 1 to be eligible for a prize.
We will be giving $3,000 for each Grand Prize winner out of a total $18,000
Teams will also be competing for prizes in these categories:
*Additional prizes may be announced at a later time
See these winning solutions from past TOM Global Innovation Challenges
2022 Abraham Accords Open Innovation Challenge
2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge
Dr. Assaf Krebs
Director of Methodology Development,
TOM R&D Team,
Director of Milbat-Sheba
Physiotherapist - rehabilitation and sports
Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital
Dana Yichye Shwachman
Product Design Lead,
TOM R&D Team,
Dr. Osnat Fliess Douer
Director of Science, Technology, and Innovation Israel Paralympic Committee
R&D Team Lead,
Industrial Designer, Additive-Manufacturing.
Manager TOM Pittsburgh
Director of Physical Therapy, Motor Disorders Unit
Sheba Medical Center
Community Partnerships Coordinator, Adaptive Design Association
Paralympics athlete, TV personality and international motivational speaker and corporate adviser
Engineer, CEO of 3dthinks and Founder of TOM Barcelona. Winner, 2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge
Industrial Designer, Customer Experience & Project Manager at Matrix Experience. Winner, 2021 & 2022 TOM Global Innovation Challenges
Principal Inclusive Designer,
CEO, Eli Innovation and Co-Founder,
Entrepreneur, community leader,
Healthcare architect and founder of Make Good INC. Winner, 2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge
Prof. Katherine Raymond
Associate chair and senior professor of practice in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tulane University
Shaikha Dwa Al Khalifa
PhD Candidate, Portsmouth University. Former lecturer, Royal University of Women. Former captain of the Bahrain Women’s National Football team
Innovation & Creativity Enthusiast I Entrepreneurship Catalyst
Assistant Teaching Professor, IDeATe Center, manager of the IDeATe Physical Computing Lab, Carnegie Mellon University
Maker and Product Development Expert. TOM Serbia Country Manager
Designer, Educator, Social Entrepreneur in Israeli-Arab communities
Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) is a global venture inspired by a bold vision to help provide anyone anywhere with access to affordable solutions for their neglected needs. TOM inspires and supports a global network of communities of volunteer makers, product designers, engineers, and care professionals who engage in designing, creating, and disseminating these solutions.