Open Innovation Challenge:
Together we make a difference!
January 31 - March 14 2022
Be a Difference Maker!
TOM Global invites you to make a difference and jumpstart your career! Use your engineering, design, and making skills to create affordable solutions for people with disabilities during a 6-week competition among fellow students from universities around the world.
You’ll gain hands-on experience, boost your portfolio with a meaningful project, and get global exposure that could help your career - all while helping others and a chance to win big!
Here’s what you need to do: Assemble your team, find a challenge, and create a solution that will impact the lives of people in your community and around the world.
Assemble your team
Find a challenge
Create a solution
2022 AAOIC Grand Prize Winners
Grand Prize Winner
University of Applied Sciences Technikum, Vienna
The FlipPad is a low-cost, electronic touchpad which allows a person with limited hand mobility to control electronic devices.
Felix Pell | Christoph Veigl | Benjamin Aigner | Benjamin Klaus | Iris Nemec | Agnes Scheibenreif
Grand Prize Winner
Geek-Very Important Prosthesis
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
The Geek is an affordable prosthesis that provides Arm amputees the ability to use touch screens, trackpads, and smartphones.
Pnina Aloni | Dana Gur-Gelbard
Grand Prize Winner
Mech-Canopy - Wheelchair Rain Project
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
An adaptive and modular 3D-printed clamping mechanism that securely holds an umbrella and easily attach to a wheelchair.
James Cesario | Ateeb Amjid | Kanghyuk (Chris) Lee
2022 AAOIC Category Winners
Grabbing Goals - GripIt
The Leffell School
A custom-fit 3D printed handle enabling people with limited hand dexterity to mimic the fine motor skills necessary for daily chores and hobbies.
Grimaldo "Grimmy" Fernadini | Drew Wilenzick | Talia Raich | Alex Gitnik | Avi Katzen | Ryan Hirsch
Best Accessible Design
Sabina - Nana's
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts
A 3-D printed solution that allows people with hand pain or discomfort to cut up food with just two fingers
Sabina Mamedov | Nana Mel
Best Inclusive Design
Power Team - Lefty
Shenkar College of Engineering,
Design and Art
A simple, compact device that allows one to change a baby diaper with only one hand.
Talya G | Liel Atsraf | Racheli Zuckerman | Noa Tsror | Linor Brener
Winning solutions from the 2021 TOM Global Innovation Challenge
Three Grand Prize winners will each receive a $3000 money prize and an opportunity to showcase their winning solutions at the AAOIC celebration event
We will fly a representative from each of the winning teams to the AAOIC celebration event where they will present their winning creations in front of an audience of global business leaders, decision-makers, international media, and invited guests.
Teams will also be competing for prizes in specific areas:
Best inclusive design
Best accessible design
Each category winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
An additional $3,000 will be awarded to teams at the discretion of TOM Global and the panel of judges.
Competition Launch Event
Submit your Concept
Submit your Working Model
Submit your Prototype
Announcement of winners
CELEBRATE @ AAOIC Closing Event
6 weeks of online-offline change-making
Expert maker 1:1 mentorship
Access to tutorials, webinars and workshops
TOM Community Manager, GIC 2021 Grand Prize Winner
Dana Yichye Shwachman
Product Design Lead,
GIC 2021 Grand Prize Winner
TOM R&D Manager,
Co-Founder & CEO at Spectra Assistive Technologies pvt.ltd
Dr. Robin Akselrud
OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor,
Founder TOM: Georgia Tech,
Industrial Designer, Additive-Manufacturing and Customization Consultant, Founder of Testa-Seat
Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa Al Khalifa
Secretary General of the Higher Education Council, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council
Industrial Designer, Member of the TOM Israel Leadership Circle
Minister of Youth and Children,
Senior Manager Strategy & Industry Development
Dalia Levy Raschal
Social-driven business consultant, Lecturer and Entreprenuer
Erel Halevi Pearl
Paralympian, Israeli Swimming team - London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020
TOM Serbia Country Manager, Maker, Product Development Expert
Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Kosovo to the State of Israel
LPN, Call Manager at Semper Fi & America's Fund
Professor of Practice of Interactive Media, NYU Abu Dhabi
Chief Executive Officer,
Rick Hansen Foundation
Product Design Engineer at Apple, former TOM Fellow at Cornell University
About the Abraham Accords Open Innovation Challenge
The Abraham Accords Open Innovation Challenge is a competition among teams of students who have a passion to design, engineer, and create technological solutions that help others. Students will compete to create affordable, open-source solutions designed to address challenges people with disabilities are facing in their daily lives. Students have the option to compete with new projects or submit existing solutions they previously developed.
The AAOIC is open to students from countries that signed the Abraham Accords - United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, Kosovo, Israel, and the US - as well as from other countries in the Middle East and around the world.
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.