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The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is a global competition aimed at encouraging students to design products and services to improve the lives of older adults, and we’re very proud to announce that Skild is again providing the platform for the contest, as it did for its first competition last year. This year, the Challenge is focused on ways to motivate and empower mobility among older adults in their daily lives, both inside their homes and in their community.

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 students to become knowledgeable about aging issues
• Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world

Interested in entering? Here’s some key details:

  • Deadline: December 5, 2014
  • Top Prizes: All Finalists receive a tax-protected $1000 contribution towards their research costs and $1500 in travel expenses to attend the April 2015 Awards ceremony at Stanford University.
    In Phase II, first place entry wins a $10,000 cash award; second place, $5,000; third place, $2,000.
  • Who Can Enter: The challenge is open to teams from any accredited college or university in the United States or globally. The team must include at least 1 student enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year. It is a requirement that presentations by the finalists at the Spring 2015 award event be given by an enrolled student. It is the intent of the challenge that solutions be generated out of the work of universities and their students. The judges reserve the right to take this into consideration during the evaluation process.

We’re honored to help create new solutions to benefit senior citizens, while also inspiring creativity and honing job skills for the next generation of designers. Go here for all the entry details.

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