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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 2023, 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 10th annual Design Challenge: “Optimizing Health Span: Living Well at Every Age.” The near-doubling of human life spans throughout much of the world during the 20th century is one of the greatest achievements in human history. A key challenge now is to ensure that the quality of those added years keeps pace with dramatic increases in the length of life. We must develop new ways to align life spans with health spans, defined as the period people remain healthy, mobile, and mentally sharp, unimpeded by chronic pain, illness, or disability. The focus of the 10th annual Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is to create solutions that optimize health spans and promote longevity. The Stanford Center on Longevity’s New Map of Life project identifies opportunities to improve health spans with interventions at all stages of life, from childhood to old age. For example, research in The New Map of Life shows that physical activity, quality sleep, and positive social connections, as well as access to nutritious food, green space, clean water, and unpolluted air all contribute to a person’s health span, including their mental health. The 2023 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge invites student designers to create solutions that contribute towards the optimization of health span at any age. We especially welcome designs that increase the health spans of people in disadvantaged circumstances, which may include poverty, food, housing, or climate insecurity. Examples of designs include (but are not limited to) solutions that: • Increase physical activity • Improve diet • Improve sleep • Reduce chronic disease • Improve mental health • Enhance social connection 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, Health
Prize: Cash
Region: Oceania, South America, North America, Africa, Asia, European Union (EU), Europe, Global
Eligibility: Phd, Master Students, Bachelor Students
Deadline: 2022-12-08

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!”