minddesignThe Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge
 is a new, Skild supported competition aimed at encouraging students to design products and services to improve the lives of older adults. The challenge topic is chosen in collaboration with aging service providers and investors, who identify the most pressing needs. Finalists will be given the opportunity to present their designs and discuss possible further collaborations with interested industry partners.

The goals of the annual Design Challenge are threefold:

• Create well-designed, practical solutions that address key issues associated with aging

• Encourage a new generation of designers to become knowledgeable about aging issues

• Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world

This year’s challenge will focus on designing new solutions that will keep individuals with cognitive impairment independent for as long as possible.This challenge is not just about direct care-giving and support for disease. It is about quality of life, personal independence, and helping people experience the best parts of life for as long as possible. Solutions may take the form of new products, services, or programs. They may apply directly to the person experiencing dementia or to the family and caregivers that provide support.

The top prize is $10,000, while the second place team will take home $5,000 and third place will get $3,000.

Visit the Design Challenge website for more details.

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