Press Release — July 01, 2020

Aaron Hannon Honored as One of the 2020 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World


July 1, 2020, St. Louis, USA — For his determination and human-centered approach to design, Aaron Hannon of Ireland has been selected as a 2020 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Medical Innovation.

Throughout his school years, Aaron Hannon was involved in projects to build everything from pest control innovations to Formula One cars, ultimately traveling to Singapore to represent Ireland at the F1 in Schools World Finals, where he placed third overall.

He began his medical device innovation journey designing for his grandfather, who suffered from severe post-stroke paralysis. He created a voice-controlled automatic shaving device, and founded a start-up to bring that device to more people. Unfortunately, he failed to attract sufficient funding to proceed, but his passion for learning about the needs of others through user research did not diminish. Mr. Hannon co-founded Lily Devices, another start-up aiming to prevent hair loss from chemotherapy. Through talking directly with patients, he designed a comfortable and elegant device that would prevent hair loss using electrical stimulation techniques, and was successful in securing €500,000 in funding from Enterprise Ireland to continue his work.

The Lily Devices Team has won numerous national and international accolades, like the EIT Health Headstart Grant, as well as first place in CRAASH Barcelona, a Europe-wide accelerator program for medical device start-ups. Mr. Hannon was named Mayo’s Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019.

Currently, he has dedicated his time to the needs of patients battling COVID-19. Mr. Hannon led two multidisciplinary teams to develop a solution for open-sourced, low cost ventilators. He hopes devices like this can be used in the longer term to reduce inequality in medical device innovation.

Mr. Hannon uses his design, engineering and entrepreneurship background to keep patients at the center of the design process and improve their quality of life. He believes in giving back to his community by providing STEM education opportunities to young people, and his motto is “work hard enough, dream big enough, and anything can happen.”

About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create positive change on a local and global level.

The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2020 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2020 JCI World Congress in November.

About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to create positive and lasting change today. For more information, visit

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