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Welcome to the

Tikkun Olam Makers

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February 11 - May 19, 2024

The Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Global Innovation Challenge (GIC) is a competition to design, engineer, and create technology that will help a person with a disability live a more independent, fulfilling life.

Your mission is to create an open-source, affordable solution that will best solve a challenge faced be a person with a disability or their family. 


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*Registration for the GIC will remain open until May 1

Learn more about the GIC timeline and expectations on the "Your GIC Project" Page.


Four Grand Prizes of $3,000 will be awarded to each winner of this year's special tracks 

We will be giving $3,000 to each Grand Prize winner 

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Sports & Outdoors

Daily Living

Emergency & Rehabilitation

Music & Arts

Three Prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to each winner in the following categories

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inclusive design




accessible design

*Additional prizes may be announced at a later time


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Dr. Jeffrey Ebin
Emergency Room Physician, founder of Ebcore assistive technology company

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Ilona Lev
Industrial Designer; Lecturer and mentor at Holon Institute of Technology

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Dana Gur-Gelbard
Industrial Designer, Customer Experience & Project Manager at Matrix Experience.

Winner, 2021 & 2022
TOM Global Innovation Challenges

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Alex Geht

Industrial Designer,
Testa-Seat Founder and CEO, 

TOM: Pittsburgh Coordinator

412 Ability Tech Innovation Board

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Noam Platt

Healthcare architect and
founder of Make Good INC

Winner, 2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge

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Maayan Kahana
Product Designer

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Katie Levine
Industrial Designer and
creative learning expert

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Dana Yichye-Shwachman
Industrial Designer; TOM Head designer; Lecturer at HIT -
Holon Institute of Technology

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Yael Avni
Industrial Designer; Instructor and head of MADE research lab at HIT -

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Veronica Alfaro
Senior Design Technologist at NYU Langone Health

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Marina Gabinsky

Neuro-developmental physiotherapist and Industrial Designer Ergonomist and HF consultant at ED&U

Winner, 2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge


Jaume Sanchez
Industrial Engineer, Founder of 3DThinks, TOM Barcelona Community Manager, Winner of 2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge.


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Dr. Jeffrey Ebin
ER Doctor & Assistive Tech Innovator

Founder, Ebcore

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Thomas Matthew Diagostino
Senior Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at TechOWL, Temple University

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Or Cohen
Founder, Global Ramp

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Bryce Johnson

Principal Inclusive Designer, Microsoft Inc.



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Adi Vitman

Global Accessibility Lead, Red Hat

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Dr. Nitzan Almog
Head of Inclusive Education Program, Ono Academic College

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Tamara Morgan
Community Partnerships Coordinator, Adaptive Design Association

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Noam Platt 
Healthcare architect and founder of Make Good INC.

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Michal Rimon
CEO, Access Israel

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Pascale Bercovitch
Paralympic Athlete & Motivational Speaker

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Alanna Raffel

Assistive Technology Specialist at TechOWL, Temple University

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Rachel Scarboro
Occupational Therapist, Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation


About Tikkun Olam Makers

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.

Global Innovation Challenge Partners

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