Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2022 Finals

March 29, 2022

Join us as we conclude and announce the winners of the 9th annual Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge on Wednesday, April 6. Over 120 university students from 33 different countries submitted designs around the theme Longevity-Ready Environments: Rethinking Physical Spaces for Century-Long Lives. Out of these submissions, eight finalist teams are competing for the grand prize of $10,000. Follow along starting March 29, when their final presentation videos go up on the Finalists’ pages.


Full schedule:

March 29: The online finals for the 2022 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge begin. The Finalist teams will each have a final presentation video that will be posted on the Finalists' webpages.

March 29 – April 3: Q&A between the judges and Finalists will take place in the comments section below the videos.

April 4-5: The judges will review the Finalists' videos and answers and decide the winners.

April 6: The winners will be notifed and then announced publicly as a part of the pre-recorded event.

The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st place: $10,000

  • 2nd place: $5,000

  • 3rd place: $2,000


2022 Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Karpolax (Makere University, Uganda) – A sachet using green nanotechnology to extend the shelf life of fruit.

Leafin (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia) – An aeroponic gardening assistant using mobile app-based features and an IoT-integrated planting kit.

Neem extracts natural insecticide (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana) – A natural insecticide to improve crop outcomes without adverse environmental effects.

The Sarewa (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria) – A modified streetlight that connects passengers to rides without a smart phone.

Shelco (University of the Arts, United Kingdom) – A dust-capturing modular system for stable, aesthetic, and affordable roofs.

Smultronställe (University of Science Malaysia, Malaysia) – A detachable vertical farming system for urban farming.

Spore (North Carolina State University, USA) – A device that detects mold spores in the air.

Tlekuilli (Universidad Autónoma del Etado de Mexico, Mexico) – A stove made from recycled, local materials that reduces smoke exposure for users.


The Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge is a global competition aimed at encouraging students to design products and services to improve the lives of people across all ages. Established in 2013, the Challenge is focused on ways to motivate and empower people in their daily lives both inside their homes and in their community.

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