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Design Challenge Finals Registration Now Open!

In Collaboration with Aging 2.0

The John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, Stanford UniversityApril 10, 2014

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building (Room 130).

366 Galvez Street Stanford, CA – Directions

Registration is now open for the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge Finals on April 10th. Representatives from all of the finals teams will be attending in person to make their final pitch to ten distinguished judges. We are excited to be able to be presenting a full day of talks, panels, and networking.

Space is limited, so please register if you plan on attending.






Keynote: Dr. Justine Cassell, Director the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon and Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Robotics and Smart Devices.

Dr. Cassell will speak on aging as an important design problem for all students who care about using computer science, design, human-computer interaction, and engineering to make the world a better place. She will also discuss the state of the field and unsolved problems


Student Finalist Presentations: Each team will get 10 minutes to present their design and take 5 minutes of questions.

12:00-12:45 Lunch (provided) /Judges Deliberate
12:45-1:30 Talk: “Caring for the Caregiver”: Dr. Dolores Gallagher Thompson, Stanford Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Dr. Gallagher Thompson has conducted intervention research for over 20 years in how to reduce distress in older adults & their family members. Her recent work has been focused on the development and evaluation of a psychosocial program “coping with caregiving” that teaches a wide range of coping skills to distressed family caregivers of dementia victims.



Talk: Update on Medical Advances in Alzheimer’s”: Dr. Frank Longo, Stanford Professor of Medicine

Dr. Longo is Chair of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford Medical School. Considered one of the leading researchers in the field, his research group is focused on the discovery of cellular signaling mechanisms that serve as a basis for the development of novel therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and other neurological disorders.





Investor Panel: Dr. Katy Fike and Stephen Johnston, co-founders of Aging 2.0, will moderate a panel of Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists on investment in aging-related businesses:


  • Ann DeGheest, HealthTech Capital
  • Mo Kaushal, Abedare Ventures
  • Peter Ziebelman, Palo Alto Venture Partners

Announcement of 2013 Design Challenge Winners


Announcement of 2014 Challenge

4:00-4:30 Closing Comments: Hannah Torkelson, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
4:30-5:30 Networking Reception