Deadline: December 8, 2022 00:00 CET
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Eligibility: teams of 1-5 students enrolled during the 2022-2023 academic year, attending any accredited university or college globally. Each team must have at least one full-time student and if the team is selected as a Finalist, only students may present.

Stanford Longevity Design Challenge 2023

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.

In its tenth year, the Challenge is focused on the optimization of health span – the period of life spent in good health, free from chronic diseases and disabilities.

Longevity Design Challenge goals:

  • Create well-designed, practical solutions that improve well-being across the lifespan
  • Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about issues associated with long lives
  • Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world

2023 theme: “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.

SCL’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.

Who should apply?

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.

It especially welcomes 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

Interested in applying for the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2023? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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