Stanford Center on Longevity names co-champions of the 2019 Longevity Design Challenge

The Stanford Center on Longevity recently named teams from Cal and Stanford co-champions of the 2018-19 Longevity Design Challenge competition. These teams beat out 97 entries from 24 countries during the course of the competition. Both teams will receive a $10,000 first prize for their accomplishment.

This year’s design challenge theme was focused on finding ways to promote intergenerational relationships and contributions from all generations. For the first time, teams were required to include people from multiple generations as contributing members.

The Family Room team from Stanford created a low barrier to use app that helps families capture and share the histories of their older loved ones through high-quality audio stories. Their approach allows people with varying levels of comfort with technology to access the app via telephone, web interface or smartphone. The team included ANAND UPENDER, a researcher in mechanical engineering; mechanical engineering graduate student DANIEL CHAN; and Upender’s grandmother, Mina Bhatt.

“This year’s challenge was absolutely outstanding in terms of the quality and diversity of both the entries and the students’ presentations,” said KEN SMITH, director of the Longevity Design Challenge and Mobility Division. “Having co-winners came as a surprise. After an hour and a half of deliberations, our judges simply couldn’t bring themselves to award one team the championship over the other. Facing a deadlock, our sponsors stepped forward to support the additional prize money.”

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 people across all ages. Established in 2013, the challenge is focused on ways to motivate and empower people in their daily lives both inside their homes and in their community, particularly as they remain healthy and vigorous long past the traditional beginning of retirement.

To read more, visit the Center on Longevity website.