The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge offers cash prizes and free entrepreneur mentorship in a competition open to all university students around the world who want to design products and services which optimize long life for us all. This year’s challenge focuses on building longevity solutions with cross-generational teams. $17,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, and finalists will receive paid travel to Stanford, where they will present their designs to renowned industry, academic, and government leaders.
The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is a global competition that encourages students to design products and services to improve well-being across the lifespan. In its sixth year, the Challenge is focused on ideas supporting longevity through multigenerational design.
- Create well-designed, practical solutions that improve well-being across the lifespan by engaging teams of multiple generations
- Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about issues associated with well-being
- Provide promising designers with a path to driving change in the world
The basic idea of intergenerational design is to create products and services that work for all ages. All too often, design for longer lives is viewed as accommodating in nature – finding ways to make everyday things work for the “older” population. The 2018-2019 Challenge instead asks participants to start from the assumption that people of all ages have contributions to make, both as designers and as users. In doing so, we week solutions that maximize physical, mental, and financial resources for individuals and families of any age.