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GLOBAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE:

REAL SOLUTIONS, REAL PEOPLE

Brought to you by Tikkun Olam Makers

August 15 - October 24 2021

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Global Innovation Challenge

The Global Innovation Challenge (GIC) is a worldwide competition that connects the global maker movement with people with disabilities in their local communities for an accelerated process of creating affordable, open-source, and accessible hardware solutions to solve their unmet needs. 

 

During the 10-week Global Innovation Challenge, makers from around the world will develop innovative solutions for and with people with disabilities. Individuals or teams also have the option to submit an existing solution they previously developed.

 
 

The Challenges

Choose your track:

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Live Track

Solutions that will improve the day to day functioning of individuals with neglected needs.

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Mobility

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Daily Activities

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Personal Care

Aspire Track

Solutions that will allow individuals with disabilities to pursue higher-level passions and move towards self-actualization. 

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Art

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Music

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Sports

Prizes

The winning teams will each receive a

$5000 money prize

Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

We will also fly a representative from each of the winning teams to the

where they will present their winning creations at the GIC grand closing event to an audience of global business leaders, decision-makers, international media, and invited guests.

As the Global Innovation Challenge unfolds, additional prizes will be announced.

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The GIC celebrations at the Expo will take place November 16-18, 2021

 
 
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Who can participate

TOM’s Global Innovation Challenge aims to bring under one virtual roof makers, entrepreneurs, social activists, students, designers, engineers, and problem solvers from all over the world. Anyone with the passion and ability to create is welcome.

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Timeline

August 23

Launch Event
& Last Day to Register

September 1

October 1

Phase 1:

Submit Your Concept

Phase 2:

Submit Your Working Model

October 24

November 16-18

Phase 3:

Submit Your Prototype

Celebrate at 2020 Dubai Expo UAE

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10 weeks of online-offline change-making

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Access to Expert Mentors

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Tutorials, webinars and workshops

 
 

How it works

What platforms are being used?

GIC is based on the following platforms:

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For webinars, announcements and 1:1 mentoring meetings

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To find teammates and for ongoing updates

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What should be submitted?

Throughout the Innovation Challenge each team must submit the following:

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September 1

Submit Your Concept

October 1

Submit Your Working Model

October 24

Submit Your Prototype

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How are winners selected?

The judges will review your submissions and score them according to the following criteria:

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Innovation

Quality of Solution

Accessibility

Affordability

Documentation

Impact

The teams with the highest scores will be announced October 31 in a special virtual event.

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Mentors

Michal Goldstein

Occupational Therapist

Dana Yichye Shwachman 

Product Design Lead,
TOM Global

Enrico Bassi 

Fab Lab Manager @ Opendot, Global reviewer & Instructor @ Fab Academy, Visiting Professor, Maker

Adriana Cabrera 

Innovation manager shemakes.eu Senior Consultant Innovation

& Product Development at

matrix GmbH

Kellen Huang

TOM:Melbourne, Technology and Innovation Coordinator

Dor Nesimyan 

Physical Therapist,
ADI-Negev Nahalat Eran

Daniel Levy 

Mechanical Engineer,
Mulltidiciplinary Maker

Alexander Geht 

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

Inbar Zanir

TOM R&D Manager,
TOM Global

Michael Shiloh 

Professor of Practice of Interactive Media, NYU Abu Dhabi

David Dakovic 

TOM Serbia Country Manager, Maker, Product Development Expert

Noa Nitzan 

Director of The Technology Center at Beit Issie Shapiro, Occupational Therapist and an accessibility consultant

 

Judges

Sefi Attias

CEO and Co-founder
at IMPACT LABS

Noam Gershony

Paralympian, London 2012 Wheel Chair Tennis Gold Medalist

Noa Nitzan

Director of the Technology Center and Issie Senses Department

Sarabeth Budenstein

Former TOM Fellow, Senior Analyst at Accenture Federal Services

Irene Mbari-Kirika

Global Accessibility
and inclusion leade

Dalya Levy Raschal

Socially-driven business consultant, lecturer and entrepreneur

Dr. Assaf Krebs

Director of Design Factory Shenkar | Design faculty senior member in Shenkar- Engineering. Design. Art.

Dorothy Jones-Davis

Executive Director,

Nation of Makers

Barak Ben-Eliezer

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Deep Insight

Ariella Barker

TOM Need-Knower, Senior Counsel at New York City Law Department

Saniya Arapova

Vice President TAU Friends Kazakhstan, TOM:Kazakhstan Manager

Tamara Morgan

Community Partnerships Coordinator at Adaptive Design Associatio

Ariel Rojo

CEO en Ariel Rojo
Design Studio

Kerry Gibson

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Sally Chew

Managing Director,

FoL Limited

Susan Rocco

Vice President, Case Management East, Semper Fi & America's Fund

Al Anoud Al Hashmi

Founder and CEO,
The Futurist Company

About TOM

Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) is a global venture that supports inventions and innovation around the neglected needs of vulnerable populations. Inspired by a bold vision of helping millions of people worldwide, TOM supports and inspires a global network of communities.

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