Stanford Design Challenge 2020
  • September 9, 2019 - April 14, 2020
  • Fully Funded
  • Stanford, CA

Stanford Design Challenge 2020: “Reducing the Inequity Gap: Designing for Affordability”

One of the key challenges of this century is addressing rising levels of inequity around the world. They 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. They challenge 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.

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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.



United States


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 (or up to $2500 for non-US teams) 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


  • 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 a total of up to 5 members, and may include non-students
  • 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, “Reducing the Inequity Gap: Designing for Affordability.”
  • Submit your design at the Apply Now Link any time before December 6, 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).

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Application Deadline: December 6, 2019

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