We’re very proud to announce that a number of renowned Silicon Valley high tech executives and influencers will be helping us judge our 2015-2016 design challenge, open to students at all accredited colleges and universities who want to submit their designs for products and services which optimize long life for us all. These judges include Robert Scoble, longtime tech evangelist and Rackspace‘s Futurist, and Om Malik, founder of GigaOM and Partner at True Ventures, among many others.
Our submission deadline 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. 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. Since entrants retain all rights to their Challenge submissions, several past finalists are well on their way to turning their designs into full-fledged products and companies.
Om Malik and Robert Scoble are joined by many executives associated with well-known tech companies and organizations, including:
- William Bao Bean, Investment Partner at SOS Ventures
- Amber Case, TED speaker and author of Calm Technology
- Josh Constine, Editor-at-Large at TechCrunch
- Jennifer Romano-Bergstrom, PhD, User Experience Researcher at Facebook
- Anita Roth, Head of Policy Research at Airbnb
- Darren Sabo, Principal of Digital Health Solutions at Orange Silicon Valley
Much thanks to all our judges for helping encourage the creation of products and services which improve mental sharpness, physical well-being, and financial health — and help inspire young designers and entrepreneurs to think about products that help people throughout their entire lifespan.