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Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2023-2024

The Stanford Center on Longevity invites university students from around the world to compete to win the grand prize of $10,000 USD in the 2023-2024 Longevity Design Challenge: “Designing for Life Transitions“.

Students are invited to create solutions that help make life transitions more meaningful or healthy.

As it becomes increasingly common to live for 100 years, the traditional life course will become more complex and flexible. People may take time off at different points in their work lives to focus on family or personal development; they might return to school more than once, and they are likely to change careers several times; they may retire, only to re-enter the workforce in an entirely new capacity. The 2024 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge invites student designers to help develop a new vision for how to move through these new life transitions.

Designs may include physical products, digital solutions, or programs, and can address a life transition at any point in the life span.


Finalists will receive:

  • $1,000 USD to help with prototyping and finals preparation.
  • Mentorship from an experienced industry professional.
  • Paid travel (limited) to the Finals at Stanford University in April 2024, conditions permitting.

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).

Application Process

  • Create a design for a product, service, or program that addresses the challenge topic, “Designing for Life Transitions.”
  • Submit your design (for free) any time before 30 November 2023.
  • 5-8 Finalist teams will be announced on 24 January 2024.
  • The Final competition will be held at Stanford University in April 2024 (conditions permitting; exact date TBD).


  • 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

Please contact for any additional questions.