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 theme for 2021 is “After the Pandemic: Designing the Next Version of Our World“.
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing into sharper focus the cultural norms that guide us through life and is providing insights about what a new future might look like. This year, students are challenged to design solutions for the post-pandemic future, keeping in mind both how these solutions affect people throughout the life span, and how they can be designed in ways that are accessible to all. They should take into account what we are learning during the pandemic and how it is changing our lives.
What Kinds of Designs are Included?
Solutions for remote or virtual access will be included in the scope of the challenge, but participants are encouraged to think more broadly.
Designs could target:
Remote work and local community connections
Access to quality education for people of all ages
Equitable administration of healthcare with limited resources
Connecting generations regardless of physical distance
Maintaining health and fitness without going to a gym
Reducing our impact on the environment
Deadline : 10 December 2020
Finalists will receive:
The 1st place winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000.
$1,000 USD to help with prototyping and finals preparation
Mentorship from an experienced industry professional
Paid travel to the Finals at Stanford University in April 2021, conditions permitting. (Each team selected for the finals will be eligible for limited funds to help facilitate participation in the finals. Reimbursement will be subject to Stanford University regulations on reimbursed travel.)
here is no entry fee to participate!
Participation in the competition is completely free
Winners will receive:
1st place: $10,000 USD
2nd place: $5,000 USD
3rd place: $2,000 USD
Who may enter ?
Each team must consist of at least one full-time student from any accredited institution of higher education anywhere in the world (can be undergraduate or graduate)
Teams may have a total of up to 5 members, and may include non-students
Only students are allowed to present at the Finals