We’re lucky to get incredible design submissions from the best and brightest students from around the world, and overjoyed that several of our past finalists and winners have earned some amazing opportunities for participating in our Design Challenge. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of them:
Sha Yao, Eatwell, Winner of the 2013-2014 Challenge
Sha’s Eatwell dishware set is in the midst of mass production. Not only has her IndieGoGo campaign raised over her target goal, Sha and Eatwell have been featured by a myriad of different news outlets:
- CNN: Tableware Designed for Alzheimer’s Patients
- FastCo Design: Fun, Colorful Tableware Designed for Alzheimer’s Patients
- Mashable: Compassionate New Spoons and Plates Make it Easier for People with Alzheimer’s to Eat
- BuzzFeed: A Woman Designed Tableware for People With Alzheimer’s After Being Inspired by Her Late Grandmother
- Huffington Post: Eatwell is a Set of Dishes Designed for People with Cognitive Impairments
Eason Chow, Flipod, Finalist in the 2013-2014 Challenge
Since winning our Technology Special Prize in 2014, Eason was invited to the 2015 World Economic Forum to present his Flipod project, which helps seniors and the disabled turn over while in bed. His design has also been awarded a “Proof of Concept” Grant through the National Research Foundation of Singapore. This grant will help Eason continue to research and develop Flipod into a real product.
Nick Steigmann & Maiya Jensen, SPAN, Winners of the 2014-2015 Challenge
Nicholas and Maiya are in final user tests of SPAN, their mobility assistance tool for seniors and the disabled, which has since attracted wide interest, from physical therapists to the President’s Council on Fitness. They’re now aiming to release SPAN as a real, mass-produced product, and have filed for a patent on the device. They were recently featured on PSFK, a prestigious site featuring ideas for innovation, new thinking in business, design, retail, tech and travel.
Don’t forget! Our submission deadline for next year’s Challenge is December 11 — all details for submitting are available here. This year’s Challenge consists of three categories: Mind, Mobility, and Financial Security, each with its own expert judges, including many well-known figures and companies in the tech industry. Finalists will be able to jumpstart their careers with over $50,000 in total cash prizes and sponsored travel to Stanford, where they’ll receive mentorship and a chance to present their designs to industry leaders. And since entrants retain all rights to their Challenge submissions, finalists and winners can join Sha, Eason, Nick and Maiya, and begin turning their designs into full-fledged products and companies.