The 2020 Simon Cox Student Design Competition

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Technology for Living is proud to announce that the 6th annual Simon Cox Student Design Competition will be held May 3, 2020. The competition encourages students to become involved in the assistive technology and home automation fields, benefiting people living with disabilities. Within the time-frame of the competition, students can expect to make substantial contributions in these fields.

As participants of the 2020 Simon Cox Student Design Competition, teams will have access to a number of 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 totaling $5,500! Read on to learn more.

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.

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)
  • Shows useful benefit for persons with disabilities
  • Craftsmanship of the working model
  • Quality of presentation

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.


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

Final Presentation Location

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

Competition Stages

Round One:

E-Poster/Video Presentation (April 14, 2020)

All participating teams must provide (email) an e-poster and/or video presentation as well as any other information they feel is relevant to provide judges to get a thorough understanding of their project.

From these submissions, the judging panel will select 5 teams to present their project during the final round. Students will be notified by April 22, 2020 if they will be presenting (oral presentation/demo) on May 3, 2020.

Round Two:

Final Presentation (May 3, 2020)

Finalist teams will present their project to the judging panel and other interested PEERS. Each team will be given 10 minutes to present/demo their project and 5-10 minutes to answer questions from the judging panel.

From these presentations, the judging panel will select the award winners for the 2020 Simon Cox Student Design Competition. Award presentations will take place shortly after the presentations have completed May 3, 2020.

Important Dates (2020)

January 15

Application Deadline (teams must submit the following to

Simon Cox Student Design Competition Application

  • Separate by commas. Teams of more than three will need to be approved by the TIL Department Head.

Thank you for participating in the Simon Cox Student Design Competition!

Terms and Conditions
Along with this application form, each team member is required to submit a Simon Cox Student Design Competition Consent & Release form to by January 15, 2020.

  • Individual Consent Form (each team member must submit) [PDF Doc] [Word Doc]


Technology for Living PEERs and team members will reach out to all teams to offer the support of Technology for Living

April 14

Round One: Submit project e-poster/video presentation (submit package to

April 22

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

May 3

Round Two: Final Presentation to Judging Panel

Judging Panel

Joanne Bengert, Electrical Engineer, Disability Advocate with the CARMA program of Disability Alliance BC

Ean Price, Innovation Strategist, Technology for Living

Wayne Pogue, Team Lead, Biomedical Engineering, Technology for Living

+ Other invited judges.


Simon Cox Student Design Competition 2020 poster

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