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Stanford Design Challenge 2020: Reducing the Inequity Gap

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 7th annual Design Challenge: “Reducing the Inequity Gap: Designing for Affordability“.

One of the key challenges of this century is addressing rising levels of inequity around the world. We have seen great advancement in the longevity innovation space, but new products and services far too often only reach the wealthiest people in a society.

The Stanford Center on Longevity challenges students around the world to innovate to significantly reduce the cost of a design that will help people at all ages achieve long and healthy life outcomes.

What Kinds of Designs are Included?

Any design that significantly reduces the cost of a solution contributing to longer and healthier lives will be accepted. Designs could target:

  • The health and well-being of young people
  • Solutions that allow individuals to remain in their homes
  • Solutions that bring nutritious food to individuals
  • Monitoring health and managing chronic disease
  • Encouraging higher levels of activity and engagement at the community level


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 2020 (Each team selected for the finals will be eligible for up to $1500 in travel reimbursement — 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

Application Process

  • Create a design for a product, service, or program that addresses the challenge topic, “Reducing the Inequity Gap: Designing for Affordability.”
  • Submit your design at any time before 6 December 2019.
  • 5-8 Finalist teams will be announced in January 2020.
  • The Final competition will be held at Stanford University in April 2020 (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
  • Teams may have up to 5 members, and may include non-students
  • Only students are allowed to present at the Finals