• September 12, 2022 - April 26, 2023

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 10th annual Design Challenge: “Optimizing Health Span: Living Well at Every Age.”


“Optimizing Health Span: Living Well at Every Age”

The near-doubling of human life spans throughout much of the world during the 20th century is one of the greatest achievements in human history. A key challenge now is to ensure that the quality of those added years keeps pace with dramatic increases in the length of life.  We must develop new ways to align life spans with health spans, defined as the period people remain healthy, mobile, and mentally sharp, unimpeded by chronic pain, illness, or disability. The focus of the 10th annual Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is to create solutions that optimize health spans and promote longevity.

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The Stanford Center on Longevity’s New Map of Life project identifies opportunities to improve health spans with interventions at all stages of life, from childhood to old age. For example, research in The New Map of Life shows that physical activity, quality sleep, and positive social connections, as well as access to nutritious food, green space, clean water, and unpolluted air all contribute to a person’s health span, including their mental health.

The 2023 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge invites student designers to create solutions that contribute towards the optimization of health span at any age. They especially welcome designs that increase the health spans of people in disadvantaged circumstances, which may include poverty, 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


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 2023, conditions permitting. (Each team selected for the finals will be eligible for limited funds to help facilitate participation in the finals. Reimbursement will be 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

*All prizes are subject to 30% US federal tax withholding and 7% state withholding (if payment exceeds $1,500).


  • 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
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Create a design for a product, service, or program that addresses the challenge topic, “Optimizing Health Span: Living Well at Every Age.”
  • Submit your design at the Apply Now link any time before December 8, 2022.
  • 6-8 Finalist teams will be announced on January 25, 2023.
  • The Final competition will be held at Stanford University in April 2023 (conditions permitting; exact date TBD).

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Application Deadline: December 8, 2022

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