The theme for 2021 is “After the Pandemic: Designing the Next Version of Our World“.
The 1st place winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000.
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing into sharper focus the cultural norms that guide us through life and is providing insights about what a new future might look like. This year, students are challenged to design solutions for the post-pandemic future, keeping in mind both how these solutions affect people throughout the life span, and how they can be designed in ways that are accessible to all. They should take into account what we are learning during the pandemic and how it is changing our lives.
What Kinds of Longevity Design are Included?
Solutions for remote or virtual access will be included in the scope of the challenge, but participants are encouraged to think more broadly.
Designs could target:
- Remote work and local community connections
- Access to quality education for people of all ages
- Equitable administration of healthcare with limited resources
- Connecting generations regardless of physical distance
- Maintaining health and fitness without going to a gym
- Reducing our impact on the environment
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 2021, conditions permitting. (Each team selected for the finals will be eligible for limited funds to help facilitate participation in the finals. 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