The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge FREE STUDENT ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

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The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge




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.



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



Cash prizes: $10,000 (1st place), $5,000 (2nd place), $2,000 (3rd place).

    • Finalists receive mentorship and personalized coaching from industry experts and researchers.
    • Finalists receive airfare and hotel reimbursement (up to $1,500 value) for a student to attend the Finals at Stanford University to present their idea to investors and potential customers.
    • Finalists attend an entrepreneurial workshop at Stanford and learn how to take their concept into execution.

The challenge is open to teams of 2-5 students enrolled during the 2018-2018 academic year, attending any accredited university or college globally. Each team must consist of at least one student and at least additional team member who identifies as being of a different generational cohort from that student.






Alan Goldstein
Associate Director, P&G Ventures

James Landay
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Todd Murch
President and CEO, Eskaton

Naoko Shirota
Director of Business Intelligence, Home Care Assistance

Ned Spieker
Founder and former Chairman and CEO, Spieker Properties

Sheela Sukumaran
Global Technology Industry Leader, Mercer

Erwin Tan
Director of Though Leadership, Health at AARP

Christi Rager Wise
Health Solution Development and Innovation, Fidelity Investments

Barbara Yaeger
Research Program Manager, The Davis Phinney Foundation







For more information about this competition, please contact us.