Stanford Center on Longevity 2014-5 Design Challenge - Webinar Recap

Stanford Center on Longevity 2014-5 Design Challenge - Webinar Recap


Yesterday was the first of a number of webinars about the new Stanford Center on Longevity - Student Design Challenge which will focus on "Enabling Mobility Across the Lifespan". We unfortunately had tech issues with Google Hangout on Air (sorry for those online) so won't be posting the YouTube video of this one, but below is the deck that we went through that provides an overview of some of the issues associated with mobility that we've seen from the market, and then the slides presented by Ken Smith and Lauren Grieco from the Stanford Center on Longevity.

We'll be having another webinar after the kick off of the Challenge on Sept 23rd. If you're interested in the following the Challenge, do sign up for updates at the Stanford Challenge site above, follow #movedesign on Twitter, and follow the Facebook page). Below are some of the questions and answers that came up. 

08/27/14 Webinar Deck

Questions & Answers


  • Q: Why do you think Eatwell won last year? What specifically about it impressed the judges? A: Eatwell was a complete package - a powerful insight about an important problem affecting a large number of people, supported by thorough consumer-driven design, presented with passion and thoughfulness, and with a convincing and beautiful prototype.

  • Q: Can I build my design around an existing measurement platform? A: Yes. The proliferation of (relatively) low-cost wearable measurement devices is a major trend. It is reasonable to use one of these devices as in incoming data stream to your design. Your design, however, will be judged on what you create above and beyond the device itself. For example, if you have an idea for a great app to change mobility behavior that is based on an existing device it is the value of the app alone that will be judged against other designs. Let us know if you have a specific question about this for your design.

  • Q: Do I have to have a prototype? A: No. A working prototype can be an effective way to communicate your design and to show the feasibility of implementation, but strictly speaking there is no requirement. We expect that most finalists will have some type of prototype, but even there it’s not a strict requirement.

  • Q: As a student, can I team with an outside company? A: Yes

  • Q: Is a PhD student ok? A: Yes

  • Q: Does the student need to be studying full time? A: The student needs to be enrolled in an accredited college in the 2014-15 academic year, but we understand that some students, e.g. PhD students will not be strictly full time, but they do need to be actively studying for their degree.

  • Q: Will a team comprised of students be disadvantaged compared to one comprised of students and professionals? A: We're focused initially on the idea, rather than the smoothness of execution. In Phase 2 there will be mentorship from corporate partners who will be able to provide additional professional insights to support each of the finalist teams.