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Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2021-2022

Organized by Stanford Center on Longevity

Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2021-20222 months left to enter
  • OrganizerStanford Center on Longevity
  • CategoryEducation, Natural Sciences, Tech & Engineering, Business, Social Sciences, Design/Architecture
  • PrizeCash
  • RegionOceania, South America, North America, Africa, Asia, European Union (EU), Europe, Global
  • EligibilityPhd, Master Students, Bachelor Students
  • Deadline2021-12-02
Go compete!
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 2022, 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 9th annual Design Challenge: "Longevity-Ready Environments: Rethinking Physical Spaces for Century-Long Lives."

Successful aging is in part the result of the cumulative effects of years of interaction with the physical environment. Making communities longevity-ready for everyone means recognizing the way our environment affects well-being at all ages in the context of a 100-year life. Starting even before birth, environmental factors such as air quality, availability of well-designed outdoor spaces and transit options, living conditions, and toxin exposure affect our physical and mental health. These factors are also pathways by which inequality affects physical health – environmental quality is often worse for children and adults of lower socioeconomic status, leading to poorer health as they age.

This year, students are challenged to examine the physical environments in their communities and identify opportunities to design for an environment that better supports long lives.

What Kinds of Designs are Included?
Students are encouraged to consider all aspects of their physical environments including public spaces, indoor spaces, and urban design. Designs might target:
• Outdoor and green spaces
• Airborne pollutants and household toxins
• Mitigation of weather extremes (e.g., heat mitigation) and climate change
• Public infrastructure, including housing and transportation
• Moving toward sustainable cities
• Energy consumption reductions

• 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

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