Technology for Livings’ Simon Cox Student Design Competition is an annual showcase of creative and assistive technology design solutions that facilitate greater independence in the home for people living with physical disabilities. The competition celebrates innovation and impacts lives by creating practical solutions to the daily challenges of people with disabilities.

The competition is unique in many ways. For one, how many competitions exist where everyone involved is a winner?

There are the instructors and their students from technical colleges and undergraduate programs across BC, representing a wide variety of disciplines including biomedical engineering, architecture, and design.

There are the people living with disabilities who are looking to grow their independence at home by using evolving technologies. 

And finally, there are the bio-meds working at the ‘Technology for Independent Living’ (TIL) program, offering a wealth of experience that can be accessed by participants throughout the competition.

The Simon Cox Student Design Competition begins with an idea. Either the student participants or a person living with a disability has an idea for a project. TIL will facilitate a meeting of both groups to establish teams. These teams will work together to bring the idea to life within the timespan of the competition. Cooperation is the key to a successful design outcome.

The competition culminates in showcasing these creative and assistive technology design solutions that facilitate greater independence in the home for people with physical disabilities. The judges are looking for innovations that can create positive, practical solutions to overcome barriers in the home. They will also evaluate the craftsmanship of the working models and the quality of the presentation in order to establish the most successful entries. 

Past winners have continued on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology. Teams explain their project ideas with a video or a live presentation, competing for $5500 in prize money for top presenters on May 2nd, 2021.