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[READY, SET, GO!] Design competition targets the health span

The Stanford Center on Longevity has launched its 10th annual design challenge, offering cash prizes and free entrepreneur mentorship in a competition open to university students and others around the world who want to design products and services that optimize long life. The 2022-2023 challenge focuses on the optimization of health span – the period of life spent in good health, free from chronic diseases and disabilities.

Called “Optimizing Health Span: Living Well at Every Age,” the challenge invites designers to create solutions that contribute toward that goal. According to the website, the challenge especially welcomes designs that increase the health spans of people in disadvantaged circumstances, such as poverty and 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

Examples of solutions are a program implemented in the community, an app or software, a product for people to use, or anything else that will help people live long and healthy lives.

The challenge is open to teams of 1-5 members and is mainly, though not exclusively, for university students at any level. At least one team member must be a student enrolled at an accredited university or college anywhere in the world during the 2022-2023 school year; however, a team may be a mix of students and non-students of any age.

The challenge kicks off in September and the submission deadline is Thursday, December 8, 2022.

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