Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2018-2019 now is over!
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, now in its sixth year, the challenge is focused on ideas supporting longevity through multigenerational design.
The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge for 2018-2019 is the 6th annual design challenges for students this year’s themed “Contributing at Every Age: Designing for Intergenerational Impact“.
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, they week solutions that maximize physical, mental, and financial resources for individuals and families of any age.
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.
The goals of this challenge are:
1. Create well-designed, practical solutions that improve well-being across the lifespan by engaging teams of multiple generations
2. Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about issues associated with well-being
3. Provide promising designers with a path to driving change in the world
To overcome stereotypes and biases, organizer need new ideas and tools that help generations engage with each other in productive ways. For the first time, this year’s Challenge requires that the teams themselves be multi-generational, helping students to view other generations as contributors and equal team members. Designers will work to create products, services, and programs that encourage people of all ages to come together.
The challenge is organized into two phases that are synchronized with the 2018-2019 academic year:
Phase I: September 5 -December 8, 2018
Phase I is the open call portion of the challenge. During this time, teams will learn about the topic and create their solution concept. The Challenge organizing team will be available during this time for questions and to provide contacts for mentoring when possible. Solutions may be submitted at any time during this period, but no judging feedback will be available until January.
Phase II: January 2018 – April 2019
During Phase II, finalists will be asked to further develop their idea and to prepare a presentation to be given at the Awards Ceremony at Stanford University in April of 2015 (exact date TBD). Mentors from corporate partners and industry experts will be available during this period. At the Awards, one team representative will present their idea to the judges who will then pick the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
During the period from December 2018 until January 2019 judging panel will select a small number of finalists. Finalists will be announced in mid-January.
The challenge runs concurrent with the 2018-2019 academic year, with initial submissions due by 7th December 2018 and finalists presenting at Stanford University in April, 2019.
There is no entry fees to participate!
The challenge is open to teams of 2-5 students enrolled during the 2018-2018 academic year, attending any accredited university or college globally. Each team must consist of at least one student and at least additional team member who identifies as being of a different generational cohort from that student.
There is no entry fee to participate!