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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 2022 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 Technology for Living TIL Team Lead.

Competition Stage Round One

Video Presentation (April 11, 2022) 

All participating teams must provide a video presentation 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. 

From these submissions, the judging panel will select 5 teams to present their project during the final round. Students will be notified by April 18, 2022 if they will be presenting (oral presentation/demo) on May 7, 2022. 

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 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
Final Presentation (May 7, 2022) 

Finalist teams will present their project to the judging panel and other interested PEERS. Each team 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 2022 Simon Cox Student Design Competition. Award presentations will take place shortly after the presentations have completed May 7, 2022. 

*Finalist 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 also be available to any participating student teams, whether they are a finalist team or not. Any team hosting a project booth, whether a finalist team or not, will be eligible to win the $1500 Peer’s Choice Award, as voted on by all event attendees or a virtual vote at a Pathways to Independence meeting. 


  • Simon Cox Principal Award (1st): $3,000 
  • Nancy Lear Achievement Award (2nd): $2,000 
  • Walt Lawrence 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 tune for more information.

Important Dates 2022

September 2021 / December 2021

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, 2022

Submit the completed application form below by January 31, 2022.

Each team member is required to download and submit a ‘Simon Cox Student Design Competition Consent & Release’ form by January 31, 2022 via email. Must be a student of a BC academic institution.

April 11, 2022

A video submission presenting the project must be received by April 11, 2022. 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, 2022

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

May 7, 2022

Round Two: Final Presentation to Judging Panel 

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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