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Technology for Living is now accepting applications from individuals and teams for the Simon Cox Student Design Competition – a design challenge to enhance the quality of life for people with physical challenges. 

As participants of the 2023 Simon Cox Student Design Competition, teams will have access to several benefits; including access to Technology for Living PEERS, Biomedical Engineering Technologists and Innovation Strategist, to help validate their project. Along with the support of Technology for Living, teams will have the opportunity to win cash prizes totalling $7,500! [*Teams can win one prize only]

Student Prize Poster Art

Participant Criteria

The Simon Cox Design Competition is open to any student enrolled in a BC technical college or any undergraduate student enrolled in a BC University.

Teams of more than 4 need to be approved by the Simon Cox Student Design Competition Committee .

Competition Stage Round One

Video by April 14, 2023 (Video or Live Presentation April 29, 2023) location TBA

All participating teams must provide a video presentation by April 14, 2023 as well as any other information they feel is relevant to provide judges to get a thorough understanding of their project. Students do not need to have completed their project by this date, they need to send us information as to where they are as well as the improvements that will be made by the presentation date. 

All teams will have a space to showcase their project at the live event April 29, 2023 and be eligible for the Peer’s Choice Award. Judges will select a number of teams competing in the final prize categories.

Prizes winners will be announced on April 29, 2023 at a live event and a YouTube video will be released for May 6, 2023.

Judging Criteria

Submitted projects must be related to Assistive Technology and Home Automation, benefiting people with disabilities, and will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Innovation (originality of design concept) 
  • Demonstrates useful benefit for persons with disabilities 
  • Technical expertise of the working model 
  • Quality of presentation 
  • Inclusion of Peers 

If the project is a continuation of a project previously entered in a Simon Cox Design Competition, the previous version of the project will be taken into consideration during judging. Should a previous version of the project have won a Simon Cox Design Competition award, the current version will be ineligible to win a prize. 

Students showcase their designs to a live and virtual audience, gaining access to contacts and connections to start a career in assistive technology. All entries are posted and promoted on the Simon Cox Design competition website and through social media. 

Competition Stage Round Two
Award Presentation April 29, 2023

Finalist teams will present their project to the judging panel and other interested PEERS on April 29, 2023. All teams are eligible for the Peer’s Choice Award. Finalist teams (determined by the judges) will be given 15-20 minutes to present/demo their project. Judges and attendees will ask necessary follow-up questions at your project booth if a live event or via video if virtual.

From these presentations, the judging panel will select the award winners for the 2023 Simon Cox Student Design Competition.

* Teams must host a project booth if event is live in person, where they will have the ability to demonstrate their projects and answer any questions the Judges, PEERs and attendees have, or provide a video for a virtual event. Project booths will be available to any participating student teams. Any team hosting a project booth, will be eligible to win the $1500 Peer’s Choice Award, as voted on by all peer event attendees or a virtual vote at a Pathways to Independence meeting. 


  • Simon Cox Principal Award (1st): $3,000 
  • Achievement Award (2nd): $2,000 
  • Innovation Award (3rd): $1,000 
  • Peer’s Choice Award (as voted on by event attendees): $1,500

Final Presentation

This year we will be showcasing the final results of the competition virtually. Stay tuned for more information.

Important Dates 2023

September 2022 / February 2023

Technology for Living peers and TIL team members will reach out to all student teams to offer support. The use of peers is highly encouraged in the design and development of the project and will be one factor taken into consideration by the judging panel. 

February 14, 2023

Final day to submit the completed application form below is February 14, 2023.

Each team member is required to download and submit a ‘Simon Cox Student Design Competition Consent & Release’ form by February 14, 2023 via email. You must be a student of a BC academic institution.

April 14, 2023

A video submission presenting the project must be received by April 14, 2023. The video must be a minimum of 1 minute to a maximum of 5 minutes showing your assistive technology solution to date and outline how people will benefit. Please upload the project to YouTube and provide the video link. The purpose of the video is to assess teams qualifying for round two. Please include team name and contact e-mail.

Video Submission URL – enter a valid website URL for example https://www.technologyforliving.org

April 18, 2023

Teams will be notified if they will be participating in Round Two.

April 29, 2023

Live portion of the event will be in person team presentations.

May 6, 2023

10am-3pm YouTube video will be released


All applicants need to download, fill out and submit the two forms applications below.

Students are encouraged to take photos or videos of their projects throughout the competition and forward them to the organizers with their final submission.

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