2018/2019 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge

Deadline: December 7, 2018.

The Stanford Center on Longevity invites university students from around the world to participate in its sixth annual Design Challenge. This year’s contest challenges teams to create solutions for “Contributing at Every Age: Designing for Intergenerational Impact.”

The challenge will award cash prizes, sponsored travel, mentorship, and the opportunity to work with and present to leading companies and investors. The challenge runs concurrent with the 2018-2019 academic year, with initial submissions due by December 7th, 2018 and finalists presenting at Stanford University in April, 2019.

To overcome stereotypes and biases, we 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 teams must have at least 2 members. At least 1 member has to be a full-time student studying in an accredited institution of higher studies anywhere in the world. The team must have an additional member who is from a different generation. There can be a total of 5 people.
  • All the members of a group do not have to be students. But only student members of a team can present their project in the final.


With thanks to our sponsors, we are pleased to offer the following awards for winners and finalists:

  • Cash prizes: $10,000 (1st place), $5,000 (2nd place), $2,000 (3rd place)
  • Finalists receive:
    • – $1000 for prototyping and presentation development
    • – mentorship and personalized coaching from leading industry experts and researchers
    • – airfare and hotel reimbursement for 1 student from each team to attend the Finals at Stanford University to present their idea.





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