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TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers invites you to the

2023 TOM Global Innovation Challenge!

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BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER!

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February 15 - April 2, 2023

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. 

SPECIAL FOR 2023, THE TOM GLOBAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE WILL INCLUDE DEDICATED PRIZES FOR SPORTS-RELATED PROJECTS.  

*Scroll down for more details

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:

Recreational

Solutions that will help make 

recreational and leisure 

sports more accessible

for people with disabilities

Paralympic

Assistive devices that will help a 

specific athlete or team qualify for- 

and compete in- the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

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22

Feb

15

Feb

22

Mar

13

Apr

3

May

2

Working Model

Submission Deadline

Prototype Submission

Deadline

Concept Submission

Deadline

Registration Opens

/ Making Begins!

Launch Event / Last Day  to Register

Winners Announced!

Timeline

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Prizes

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:

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Best

inclusive design

Best

Sports-related Solutions

Best

documentation

Best

accessible design

*Additional prizes may be announced at a later time

Past Winners

See these winning solutions from past TOM Global Innovation Challenges

2022 Abraham Accords Open Innovation Challenge

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FLipPad - Assistive Electronic Touchpad

A low-cost, electronic touchpad which allows a person with limited hand mobility to control electronic devices.

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Geek - Prosthesis for Digital Screens

A light, digital-office prosthesis that allows arm amputees to use touch screens, trackpads, and smartphones.

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Mech-Canopy -

Wheelchair Rain Project

An adaptive 3D-printed clamping mechanism that securely holds an umbrella and attaches to a wheelchair

2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge

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Drawing Dreams - Arm Support Device

A low-cost support mechanism that allows children with Cerebral palsy to eat, draw, and play independently

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One-2-Go - Portable Adaptive Toilet Seat

A supportive portable seat which allows people with Cerebral Palsy to use the bathroom independently anywhere.

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Talker Mount - Talker Folding Mechanism

An electronic mechanism that allows a talker to be folded under a wheelchair table for safer mobility  

Mentors

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Dr. Assaf Krebs

Director of Methodology Development,

TOM Global

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Geffen Dotan

TOM R&D Team,
TOM Global

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Dana Yichye Shwachman 

Product Design Lead,
TOM Global

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Hannah Landau

TOM R&D Team

TOM Global

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Aviad Kelner

R&D Team Lead,
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Alexander Geht, Industrial Designer, Additive-Manufacturing and Customization Consultant,
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Alexander Geht

Industrial Designer, Additive-Manufacturing and Customization Consultant, Founder of Testa-Seat

About TOM

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.

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