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What platforms are used for the AAOIC?

AAOIC uses the the following platforms:


For webinars, announcements and 1:1 mentoring meetings


To communicate with the TOM team and mentors and for ongoing updates

What should be submitted?


Throughout the Innovation Challenge each team must submit the following:

February 14

Submit Your Concept

March 1

Submit Your Working Model

March 14

Submit Your Prototype

Learn More about the submission deadlines:


A concept is a basic idea of solving a challenge and should include a description of the suggested solution, basic visualization such as a sketch or a rendering, and preferably input from a Need Knower about the solution.

Using the TOM Online Documentation Platform participants will fill out the concept form;

  • General description of the challenge

  • General description of desirable solution 

  • 2D/3D sketches (CAD files, drawings, pictures, videos)

Working model

A Working Model is a model that proves the basic assumptions or features of the proposed solution. It can be made of any material but must include sketches, photos or CAD files that can help replicate that model. It should also include feedback from a Need Knower after at least one user test.

Using the TOM Online Documentation Platform fill out the Working Model form;

  • Updated description of solution;

  • Video showing Need Knower using the working model

  • Additional CAD files, pictures, videos


A Prototype is a solution used regularly by at least one Need Knower. This stage must include additional considerations such as functionality, durability, comfort, ergonomics, ease of use, aesthetics, and other usability scenarios. It can be made with any material and technology, but preferably those found in a makerspace.

Using the TOM Online Documentation Platform fill out the Prototype form

  • Bill of materials

  • Assembly Video / Guide


Submit your Prototype pitch video (3 minutes) - showing you, your teammates and Need Knower detailing the challenge, development process and solution. Make sure to show the Need Knower using the prototype in their daily life. 

How are winners selected?

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




Quality of Solution









The teams with the highest scores will be announced on March 20, 2022.

Do I need a team to register?

No - you may register as an individual. However, see below about working with a Need Knower.

Do I need a Need Knower?

Yes - your solution must be developed to directly solve a challenge presented by a Need Knower. It is OK if you do not have a Need Knower at the time of registration, but you must have one by the time you submit your concept. There will be tutorials to teach you how to effectively find and work with a Need Knower.

What is a Need Knower?

A Need Knower is an individual with an intimate understanding of and direct experience with the need the solution is addressing (can also be a parent, social worker, caretaker, etc.).

Is there a maximum number of participants in a team?

No. There is no limit to the number of members in your team.

Can we register with a pre-existing project?

Yes. If you have an existing solution that you developed, you may submit it to the competition. In order for existing projects to be considered, they must be submitted and documented using the AAOIC documentation system.

What is supposed to happen between February 1 and March 14?

Once the competition is launched (Feb. 1), teams are free to start working on their solutions by connecting with their team members, speaking with their Need Knowers, investigating the challenge, and start designing and developing their solution. During this period the teams will have access to 1:1 mentoring from professionals, live and recorded webinars, workshops and tutorials.

What are the submission deadlines?

The Abraham Accords Open Innovation Challenge includes three submission deadlines: Concept (February 14), Working Model (March 1) and Prototype (February 14) .

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