Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge

Submission: December 08, 2018
Registration: September 04, 2018
Language: English
Location: Open
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


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. $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.


  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

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, we week solutions that maximize physical, mental, and financial resources for individuals and families of any age.

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.

Judging Period – December 2018 – January 2019

During this period, our judging panel will select a small number of finalists. Finalists will be announced in mid-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 First, Second and Third place winners.


  • Kick-off: September 2018
  • Phase I submissions due: December 2018
  • Finalists (5-8) announced: January 2019
  • Finals: April 2019

Go to the competition’s website