STANFORD CENTER ON LONGEVITY DESIGN CHALLENGE FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ($10,000 CASH PRIZE)
THEME: “AFTER THE PANDEMIC: DESIGNING THE NEXT VERSION OF OUR WORLD”
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 inspired by cultural changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.$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 eighth year, the Challenge is focused on ideas inspired by the cultural shift that has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic that supports long, healthy, and happy lives for everyone.
Create well-designed, practical solutions that improve well-being across the lifespan
Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about issues associated with long lives
Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world
What kinds of designs are included?
Solutions for remote or virtual access will be included in the scope of the challenge, but they encourage participants to think more broadly. These products, programs, or services can be for work, school, healthcare, fitness, personal relationships, or any other aspect of life
Here are a few examples of questions raised by the pandemic that could be addressed:
If remote work is to become more common, are there ways in which we can re-invigorate local community connections as people spend more time at home?
How can more people of any age access quality education from anywhere?
How can healthcare be administered equitably with limited resources?
What are the best ways for different generations to connect when they live apart?
How can we maintain our health and fitness without going to the gym?
What have we learned from our change in an activity about how we can reduce our impact on the environment, and how can we apply those lessons going forward?
Cash prizes: $10,000 (1st place), $5,000 (2nd place), $2,000 (3rd place).
Finalists receive mentorship and personalized coaching from industry experts and researchers.
Finalists receive airfare and hotel reimbursement (limited max value) for a student to attend the Finals at Stanford University to present their idea to investors and potential customers.
Finalists attend an entrepreneurial workshop at Stanford and learn how to create a business plan to take their concept into execution.
The challenge is open to teams of 2-5 students enrolled during the 2020-2021 academic year, attending any accredited university or college globally. Each team must have at least one full-time student and if the team is selected as a Finalist, only students may present.
40% Impact – will the design improve long life outcomes?
30% Originality – has this idea been seen before? Is there something similar to it on the market?
20% Feasibility – will the design work? Can it be produced at scale?
10% Affordability – teams must identify their target population for the design. Would the cost of the design at scale make it a viable product for that population?