2017-18 Design Challenge Asia Now Accepting Application

Theme: “PROMOTING LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS THROUGH DESIGN”

The Challenge is focused on ideas that create and support healthy habits –including financial, physical, and social behaviors—which are shown to improve quality of life. The best designs are innovative, engaging, practical, and readily understood. User testing of designs has been a critical step for past winners and novel, scalable, and inexpensive design solutions tend to be favored by judges. We invite submissions that meet these criteria and that promise to help people everywhere who wish to become mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure.

Design Challenge Asia

The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is a global competition that encourages students to design products and services to improve well-being across the lifespan. The Challenge was first held in Autumn 2013 at the Stanford Center on Longevity and this year marks the fourth year. Simultaneously in Asia, the 2017-18 Stanford Design Challenge Asia will once again be organized by Silver Linings Global (SLG), a Taiwan-based social enterprise dedicated to catalyzing aging innovation and helping the society navigate and benefit from the rapidly aging trends.

In collaboration with Stanford Center on Longevity, Silver Linings Global brings this inspirational competition to Asia in hoping to connect and encourage the young generation to get involved and learn about issues relating aging.

Background

Designers and technologiest are waking up to aging societies as a major trend of our century, but they most often view aging as what happens to someone else. In our rush to fix problems, we are ignoring possibilites that coud lead to greater happiness for individuals in later life. We need to better understand the goals and dreams of older individuals from their perspective and create solutions that help them live the best life possible.

Theme of 2017-18

Theme this year is “PROMOTING LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS THROUGH DESIGN.”The Challenge is focused on ideas that create and support healthy habits – including financial, physical, and social behaviors — which are shown to improve quality of life. The best designs are innovative, engaging, practical, and readily understood. User testing of designs has been a critical step for past winners and novel, scalable, and inexpensive design solutions tend to be favored by judges. We invite submissions that meet these criteria and that promise to help people everywhere who wish to become mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure.

Why habits matter:

TThe extension of average life expectancy around the globe over the past 100 years is unprecedented in human history. People living in the developed world can now regularly expect to live into their 80’s and beyond. According to the Sightlines Project of the Stanford Center on Longevity, there are key factors in the realm of healthy living, financial security, and social engagement that impact the quality of life at every age. “Effective actions to address these issues via policies, awareness and innovation can improve individual and national well-being as we enable and prepare for living well and living long in 21st century America.” The 2017-2018 Challenge focuses on promoting habits that maximize physical, mental, and financial resources for individuals and families of any age.

What “Quality of Life” means:

Three out of four Americans surveyed in 2016 indicated that they want to live to 100 if they can do so in good health. But quality of life includes much more than just physical wellbeing. Compelling scientific evidence indicates that living long and living well is most realistic for those who are socially engaged, adopt healthy living behaviors, and are able to build financial security.

Optimizing for quality of life therefore includes actions and behaviors at all ages. For example, financial security begins with practices and attitudes that individuals engage in from their 20s and onward. Additionally, regular community and social engagement are positive indicators of future health and life satisfaction.

Design Challenge Asia

The organizational committee of the Design Challenge Asia is looking for design ideas which promote habits that improve quality of life across the age spectrum. The best designs are innovative, engaging, practical, and readily understood. User testing of designs has been a critical step for past winners and novel, scalable, and inexpensive design solutions tend to be favored by judges. We invite submissions that meet these criteria and that promise to help people everywhere who wish to become mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure.

Top three teams of Design Challenge Asia each will win a scholarship to participate in Stanford Design Challenge Finals in April 2018 and are required to submit their designs to the Global Design Challenge hosted by Stanford Center on Longevity, where $17,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Finalists will receive paid travel to Stanford, where they will present their designs to renowned industry, academic, and government leaders.

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Challenge Timeline

The challenge is organized into two phases that are synchronized with the 2017-2018 academic year in Taiwan.

Phase I: Now - October 06, 2017

Phase I is the open call portion of the challenge. During this time, teams will learn about the topic and create their solution concept. The Challenge organizing committee will be available for questions. Solutions may be submitted at any time during this period, but no judging feedback will be available until October.

Judging Period: October 09 - 20, 2017

During this period, the judging panel will select 6-8 finalists. Finalists will be announced on October 25 (Wednesda) on the website of Silver Linings Global.

Phase II: October 25 - December 02, 2017

During Phase II, finalists will be asked to further develop their ideas. They are required to give a 7-minute English pitch at the Asia Challenge Final and Awards Ceremony on December 02, 2017 (Saturday). A total of three winners will be selected at the award ceremony.

    KEY DATES
  • Phase I submissions due: October 06, 2017
  • Finalists announced: October 25, 2017
  • Design Challenge Asia Finals & Award Ceremony: December 02, 2017

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Submission

Entries must fill out the Pre-registration Form and follow the instructions in order to complete the submission.
Please e-mail your application to asiadc.slg@gmail.com.
Submissions will be accepted till October 06, 2017 at 23:59 pm Taiwan time.

    Entrants must answer a series of questions about their designs including:
  • What specific issue is being addressed
  • The origin of the idea
  • Associations with existing research groups
  • A brief description of the design process
  • Estimated cost
  • Estimated business impact

Phase I submissions can include any type of attachment needed to better describe your design and how it helps address the challenge as a reference. You may also submit an video no longer than 3 minutes.

Eligibility

1. The challenge is open to teams of 1-5 students enrolled during the 2017-18 academic year, attending any accredited university or college globally.

2. All Asian nationalities are accepted. We welcome teams that build up with cross generation team members.

Intellectual Property

Any intellectual property developed by a team during participation in the Design Challenge Asia will remain the property of the individual design team, or the team members’ universities or employers, as applicable. Silver Linings Global, the Challenge organizing committee and Challenge sponsors reserve the right to publicize designs following submission. Teams interested in intellectual property protection should take any steps necessary to protect patentable inventions, copyrighted work or other intellectual property prior to submission.

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Judging Criteria

The Challenge will be judged by experts in design and technology for an aging population including carefully selected academics with expertise on the topic; executives from technology, senior living and home care companies; venture capitalists; and senior representatives from related mission-driven organizations.

    The judging criteria will be finalized in cooperation with the judging panel. Criteria are expected to include:
  • Alignment with challenge topic (does promote lifelong healthy habits?)
  • Potential for impact
  • Originality
  • Probability of Implementation (i.e. – can this design be implemented within existing technology and market constraints?)
  • Economic viability

Awards

The Asia Challenge Committee will provide mentorship pairing and training programs to top three finalists along with $1,500 US dollars scholarship (travel reimbursement) for each team to participate in Stanford Design Challenge Final in April 2018. The winning team from Asia Challenge are required to submit their designs to the Global Design Challenge hosted by Stanford Center on Longevity, where $17,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Global Challenge finalists will receive paid travel to Stanford, where they will present their designs to renowned industry, academic, and government leaders.

Q and A

Q1: What is the difference between the Stanford Design Challenge and Stanford Design Challenge Asia?

A1: Both the Stanford Design Challenge and Stanford Design Challenge Asia share the same theme and judging criteria. But each Challenge follows their own schedule and accepts separate applications. One major difference is that the Stanford Design Challenge Asia follows an earlier schedule, so representatives from the winning teams may still participate and win in the worldwide Challenge in Spring 2018 at Stanford. Training courses are also provided to help fine-tune team projects and presentations, which also supports the talent training of the selected teams.

Q2: Is winning the Stanford Design Challenge Asia equivalent to qualifying as a finalist in the worldwide Stanford Design Challenge?

A2: No, winning the Stanford Design Challenge Asia does not guarantee that your team qualifies as a finalist in the Stanford Design Challenge. Please visit the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge website to register and submit your application. Only those reviewed and accepted as finalists by the Stanford Center on Longevity can become part of the finalist teams to pitch at the Awards Ceremony at Stanford University in Spring 2018.

Q3: Can I adjust the format, while still filling in all the required questions on the Application Form?

A3: No. The judging panel needs to ensure consistency when reviewing all the submitted designs, so no adjustment of the application form format is allowed. Please download the application form from our official SLG website (http://silverliningsglobal.com/tw/) and fill in the form without changing the format or style. If you think that additional materials, information, or files can better explain your design concept, please submit them as supplementary documents.

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