Your GIC Project
Many people with disabilities and their families face one or more challenges in variety of different areas. Your GIC project must attempt to solve one of these challenges, helping a person with a disability achieve their goal.
You will need to assemble your team, partner with a person with a disability, family member or caregiver (we call them “Need Knowers”), investigate their challenge, and develop a prototype that best addresses their needs.
During registration, you must choose a track which best fits your project. You will compete against other teams in the same track.
Sports & Outdoors
Solutions or assistive devices that will help make recreational and leisure sports more accessible for people with disabilities or help an athlete or team take part in competitions.
Emergency and Rehabilitation
Solutions or devices that provide assistance to people with disabilities in crisis situations such as natural disasters, war, displacement, injury, and recovery.
Music & Arts
Solutions or assistive devices that will help people with disabilities play a musical instrument or take part in any artistic activity such as painting, dance, and other forms of art.
Daily Living (general category)
Solutions that address the needs of a person with a disability in their daily lives in areas such as mobility, accessibility, household chores, personal hygiene, the workplace, and more.
Teams must document their GIC projects using the TOM Project Editor. These project milestones follow TOM's stages of product development – starting at finding a challenge, developing a concept, creating a working model, and finally submitting a prototype.
Your final prototype must be submitted by May 1 to be eligible for a prize. You must submit a pitch video with your prototype. This submission will be reviewed by our panel of judges.
Challenge and Concept
Required Final Submission
Documenting your project
All GIC projects must be documented on the TOM Global website using the TOM Project Editor. Documenting your project will produce a product file and product webpage which will be used for the judging process, as well as making your solution a part of the TOM portfolio of solutions.
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 in a virtual event May 19, 2024.
Past Winning Projects
Check out all of the past Global Innovation Challenge winners below!