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  • Prizes

  • Participants

  • Intellectual property

  • Judging criteria

Note: Submissions will be accepted on the Skild Competition Management Platform through December 2nd, 2013.
The challenge is organized into two phases that are synchronized with the 2013-2014 academic year.

Phase I:  September-December 2013

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 team will be available during this time for questions and to provide contacts for mentoring when possible. Solutions may be submitted at any time during this period, but no judging feedback will be available until January.

Judging Period – December, 2013 – January 2014

During this period, our judging panel will select a small number of finalists. Finalists will be announced in mid-January.

Phase II: January 2014 – April 2014

During Phase II, finalists will be asked to further develop their idea and to prepare a presentation to be given at the Awards Ceremony at Stanford University on April 10, 2014. Mentors from corporate partners and industry experts will be available during this period. At the Awards, one team representative will present their idea to the judges who will then pick the First, Second and Third place winners.

Solutions must be submitted through The Skild Competition Management Platform at https://minddesign.skild.com/. Submissions will be accepted up until December 2nd, 2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard 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 documentation needed to describe your design and how it helps address the challenge. You may also submit an optional 2 minute or shorter video.


Phase I

All Finalists receive a $1000 contribution towards their research costs and $1500 in travel expenses to attend the April 2014 Conference and Awards ceremony at Stanford University.

Phase II

First place: $10,000 cash award

Second place: $5,000 cash award

Third place: $2,000 cash award

The challenge is open to teams from any accredited college or university in the United States or globally. The team must include at least 1 student enrolled for the 2013-2014 academic year. It is a requirement that presentations by the finalists at the Spring 2014 award event be given by an enrolled student.

It is the intent of the challenge that solutions be generated out of the work of universities and their students. The judges reserve the right to take this into consideration during the evaluation process.


Any intellectual property developed during the Design Challenge will remain the property of the individual design teams.  The Stanford Center on Longevity and other Challenge sponsors reserve the right to publicize designs following submission, and teams should take any steps necessary to protect IP prior to submission.


The judging criteria will be finalized in cooperation with the judging panel and will be formalized before the window for submission opens in September.  Criteria are expected to include:

• Potential for impact

• Originality

• Probability of Implementation (i.e. – can this design be implemented within existing technology and market constraints?)

• Economic viability

Design teams are encouraged to focus on maximizing the ability of individuals with cognitive impairment to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) as independently as possible (both remembering to do it and executing the activity).

ADLs and IADLs refer to the following types of tasks:

• Taking medications as prescribed

• Managing money and fraud prevention

• Shopping for groceries, meal planning, cooking and eating

• Use of telephone or other form of communication technology

• Recognition of family, friends, acquaintances

• Transportation and way-finding within the community

• Doing general housework

• Mobility around the home and transferring (for example into and out of beds, chairs)

• Bathing and grooming (shaving, brushing teeth, styling hair)

• Dressing: Choosing appropriate garments and being able to dress and undress

• Continence and toileting:  Being able to manage incontinence and use the toilet.