The Simon Cox Student Design Competition 2024 has come to an inspiring completion!

It began in September 2023 and the winning awards were announced in a Gala  event at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver, Canada on April 27, 2024. Check out this playlist of videos to find out what this year’s competition had to offer. Visit this page if you are a peer with an idea for next year. And if you are a student/s go here to participate in next year’s even bigger competition!

Check out highlights from this year’s competition!

We are thrilled to post this video of highlights from our 9th Simon Cox Student Design Competition. It was an incredible event and we are hoping that next year, for our 10th anniversary of the competition we will be able to welcome even more participants, peers and guests!


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

Bio-meds working with the ‘Technology for Independent Living’ (TIL) program, can offer a wealth of experience that can be accessed by participants throughout the competition.

The Simon Cox Student Design Competition begins with an idea for a new piece of assistive technology. A little bit more how the competition is run. Either student participants or a person living with a disability (peer) has an idea for a project. The Technology for Independent Living (TIL) program 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.

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 on the final day of this year’s competition, for a chance to win the prize money available for top presenters.

Other invited judges

Peers! Have you come across a mobility challenge at home? Share it and receive a $100 Gift Card if your idea is chosen!

Technology for Living is getting ready for the 9th Simon Cox Student Design Competition. This competition is designed around you, the peers.

Do you have a problem, challenge, or barrier preventing full participation in your home or community? Is there some problem in your daily life that you have come across and thought: “There should be a technical solution for this!” Are there spaces or conditions in your home that are currently not accessible to you, and you believe: “Someone should design a solution for this!”

Submit your problem, and if a student team selects your idea to work on as a project for the Simon Cox Student Design Competition, you’ll receive a $100 gift card. It’s that easy!

Fill out the form in the PEER section!
Or send us a message via the CONTACT form.

Your ideas are eligible for next year’s contest too!

Coming up with creative solutions to everyday issues provides people with disabilities custom-made equipment to help them be as independent as possible. Ideas can range from mobility aids, gaming, gadgets around the home, clothing, sports equipment to supporting education and beyond. TfL and the Simon Cox Competition aim to support people achieve independence and quality of life, filling the gap where no suitable equipment is available commercially.”

And feel free to check out what TIL can do for you at

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