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Finalists will receive:
– $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 2022, conditions permitting (Reimbursement will be subject to Stanford University regulations on reimbursed travel.)

Winners will receive*:
1st place: $10,000 USD
2nd place: $5,000 USD
3rd place: $2,000 USD
*All prizes are subject to 30% US federal tax withholding and 7% state withholding (if payment exceeds $1,500).
The Stanford Center on Longevity invites university students from around the world to compete to win the grand prize of $10,000 USD in its 9th annual Design Challenge: “Longevity-Ready Environments: Rethinking Physical Spaces for Century-Long Lives.”

Successful aging is in part the result of the cumulative effects of years of interaction with the physical environment. Making communities longevity-ready for everyone means recognizing the way our environment affects well-being at all ages in the context of a 100-year life. Starting even before birth, environmental factors such as air quality, availability of well-designed outdoor spaces and transit options, living conditions, and toxin exposure affect our physical and mental health. These factors are also pathways by which inequality affects physical health – environmental quality is often worse for children and adults of lower socioeconomic status, leading to poorer health as they age.

This year, students are challenged to examine the physical environments in their communities and identify opportunities to design for an environment that better supports long lives.

What Kinds of Designs are Included?
Students are encouraged to consider all aspects of their physical environments including public spaces, indoor spaces, and urban design. Designs might target:
• Outdoor and green spaces
• Airborne pollutants and household toxins
• Mitigation of weather extremes (e.g., heat mitigation) and climate change
• Public infrastructure, including housing and transportation
• Moving toward sustainable cities
• Energy consumption reductions

Eligibility:
• 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. Students may also compete alone, as a team of 1.
• Only students are allowed to present at the Finals
Organizer: Stanford Center on Longevity
Category: Education, Natural Sciences, Tech & Engineering, Business, Social Sciences, Design/Architecture
Prize: Cash
Region: Oceania, South America, North America, Africa, Asia, European Union (EU), Europe, Global
Eligibility: Phd, Master Students, Bachelor Students
Deadline: 2021-12-02
Winners

What They Say

Manish Sonal, India
Winner of KTH Masters Challenge 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at KTH
“I was always reluctant in applying to foreign Universities due to my financial constraints. Today I am pursuing my Master’s in a subject which I love and feel more confident about my future.”
Saravanan Yuvaraja, India
Winner of GE Light the way Challenge
“GE Light the Way Concepts for the future of Office Lighting Innovation Challenge Competition was one of my best life time experiences. This challenge had given me a chance to know exactly, what the organization is looking from the innovative student community for creating smart and sustainable world in the future.”
Arlisa Febriani, Indonesia
Winner of the Blue Bag Competition 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at Lund University
Arlisa’s story is very unique and proof that given the right opportunity, the greatest ideas will succeed. By developing a revolutionary water cleansing system, she proved that anything is possible. This is great news for her, the people of Jakarta, and quite possibly the rest of the world who live in places with little or no access to clean water!
Avon Haughton, USA
Winner of The New School Competition 2014 – Scholarship at The New School in New York
“Winning the competition has been one of my greatest achievements thus far and participating was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to go to The New School!”