Stanford Center on Longevity Design Competition and Cash Prizes Valued 17,000

Date limite : 06 déc. 2019

Organisation à but non lucratif: Stanford Center on Longevity

Niveau d'études: Etudiant

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Stanford Center on Longevity Design Competition and Cash Prizes Valued 17,000

The Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) has launched its 2020 Challenge, under the theme of Reducing the Inequity Gap: Designing for Affordability. As the rising level of inequity in societies around the world has become one of the key challenges of this century. While design and technology are increasingly being deployed to help individuals reach old age mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure; innovations far too often only reach people at the upper levels of socioeconomic status. And this is why designing for affordability since this challenge is all about innovating to significantly reduce the cost of helping people at all ages do the things that increase their odds of long and healthy life outcomes.

The Challenge will be informed by the SCL’s New Map of Life project, which has identified areas for improvement in the quest for helping people live healthy and productive 100-year lives. 

Challenge Goals:

  1. Create well-designed, practical solutions that improve well-being across the lifespan.
  2. Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about issues associated with long lives.
  3. Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world.

Eligibility of Designers:

  1. The challenge is open to teams of 2-5 students around the world, enrolled during the 2019-2020 academic year, attending an accredited university or college globally. 
  2. Teams don't have to be consisted of all students, as this year’s challenge focuses on cross-generational teams, Each team must have at least one full-time student and if the team is selected as a Finalist, only students may present.

Eligibility of Designs

Any design significantly reducing the cost of an existing solution that contributes to longer and healthier lives will be accepted for consideration. The following are a few examples of categories that could be targeted:

  • Solutions that contribute to the health and well-being of young people in ways that eventually lead to better long life outcomes.
  • Retrofitting solutions that increase safety and ease of use are an especially rich source of potential design opportunities.
  • Solutions that bring nutritious food to individuals at a lower cost.
  • Solutions that help individuals monitor the health and manage the chronic disease at lower cost levels than currently available.
  • Solutions that encourage higher levels of activity and engagement at the community level.
  • Solutions that reduce the cost of improving literacy.

Judging Criteria:

  1. 40% Impact: How will the design improve long life outcomes?
  2. 40% Affordability for target market: Teams must identify their target population for the design
  3. 20% Feasibility: Will the design work? Can it be produced at scale?

Phases of the Challenge:

  1. Participants submit their designs online any time between September 9 and December 8, 2019. 
  2. 5-8 Finalist teams will be announced on January 2020. 
  3. Three of those finalists will be awarded cash prizes in April 2020.


 $17,000 in cash prizes will be awarded (1st place: $10,000 USD, 2nd place: $5,000 USD, 3rd place: $2,000 USD), and finalists will be awarded $1,000 USD to help with prototyping and finals preparation, and receive paid travel to Stanford, where they will present their designs to renowned industry, academic, and government leaders.

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