Rules and Regulations

2021-22 Challenge Theme

Longevity-Ready Environments: Rethinking Physical Spaces for Century-Long lives.

Successful aging is in part the result of the cumulative effects of years of interaction with the physical environment. Starting even before birth, environmental factors such as air quality, availability of well-designed outdoor spaces and transit options, living conditions, and toxin exposure affect our physical and mental health. These factors are also pathways by which inequality affects physical health – environmental quality is often worse for children and adults of lower socioeconomic status, leading to poorer health as they age. Making communities Longevity-Ready for everyone means recognizing the way our environment affects well-being at all ages in the context of a 100-year life.

This year we challenge student design teams around the world to examine the physical environments in their communities and identify opportunities to design for an environment that supports long lives. Students are encouraged to consider all aspects of their physical environments including public spaces, indoor spaces, and urban design. Designs might target:

  • Outdoor and green spaces
  • Airborne pollutants and household toxins
  • Mitigation of weather extremes (e.g., heat mitigation) and climate change
  • Public infrastructure, including housing and transportation
  • Moving toward sustainable cities
  • Energy consumption reductions

Rules and Regulations

Entrants Qualifications.

Design Qualifications.

  • Target audienceDesigns are aimed mainly to improve the quality of our life span. Products or services can serve individuals, communities, or users across different generations.

  • Design materialsNot limited, but green, environmental materials are encouraged.

  • Design form:Not limited, participants can create tangible products or service mode.

  • Prototype:For both the first and final round of Design Challenge Asia, participating teams are encouraged to develop product or service prototypes in addition to hardcopy materials, posters, videos, or pitch deck. The organizers can assist participants to identify test beds for design testing, if needed.

  • Originality:The Challenge focuses on innovative solutions, so products or services that are already on the market will not be eligible.


Applications submission for the Design Challenge Asia is now open till Oct. 11th (Mon) 11:59pm (GMT+8). Online registration and entry submission are required.

First step:

Second step:

【Download Instructions and application form】Submit design entry to:, and use the following format to put in the subject line: “2021 Design Challenge XXXX(team name). The Challenge team will notify the team representative within two days via email.


We provide free consultation session for those teams that want to participate in Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. However, you need to submit the required English registration to by Nov. 26 (Fri) 11:59pm (GMT+8). The organizer will provide related suggestions and feedback about your registration.

Design Requirements.

Primary Submission

  1. Design entry: Download and fill in the“DCAsia Application Form”, submit both in Word and PDF formats, together with the supplementary materials to
  2. Participants may submit supplementary materials, such as images, videos or other media materials to illustrate the design. Take videos for example: videos are advised not to exceed 3 minutes, in avi/mov/mpg formats. The content includes but not limited to team introduction, design concept, issue identified, and design difficulties.

Semi-Finalists Submission

The Design Challenge Asia will include「Prototyping」(5% )in the criteria of 「Feasibility」in second-round jury session. Semi-finalists should demonstrate the design prototype and collect feedback from the users (e.g., images、videos、survey) through online/ offline channels. Detailed information will be announced after Semi-Finalists Announcement.

Finalists Submission

Final presentation: Preferable presentation format is Powerpoint (Aspect ratio TBA). Pitch will present at a maximum of 7 minutes, followed by a 5-minute Q&A. Pitch language limited to English only. If finalists have any presentation needs, please contact the organizer for advanced preparation.

Judges and Judging Criteria.

(a) Judging panel

The Design Challenge Asia will be judged by experts in related fields regarding each year’s topic. Judges will be announced on this website.

(b) Criteria

Depending on the number of entries in the primary, 8 to 12 teams will be selected into the second round. Semi-Finalists will be announced on Design Challenge Asia official website on October 22 and informed via email. Non-selected participants will not be notified. Please notice that the Semi-Finalists are required to participate in 2 workshops. 6 to 8 teams will be selected into the final after workshop 2. Finalists will be announced on Design Challenge Asia official website on November 27 and informed via email.

(c) Judging criteria align with those announced by the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. Criteria are expected to include:



Will the design improve long life outcomes?



Has this idea been seen before? Is there something similar to it on the market?



Will the design work? Can it be produced at scale?



Teams must identify their target population for the design. Would the cost of the design at scale make it a viable product for that population?

Alignment of the design to the topic – A separate score will be added as a weight to the overall score.

For example, if a design were to score 90% on the judging criteria above but only 50% on alignment, the overall score would be 45% (.90 X .50).

Remarks: The Design Challenge Asia will include「Prototyping」(5% )in the criteria of 「Feasibility」in second-round jury session. Semi-finalists should demonstrate the design prototype and collect feedback from the users (e.g., images、videos、survey) through online/ offline channels. Detailed information will be announced via e-mail.


(a) Awards and Prizes

The Design Challenge Asia will award three winning teams with a maximum travel stipend of USD1,500 (TWD45,000) to Stanford in Spring 2022 to participate in the worldwide Challenge. (This does not guarantee qualifying as finalists in Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. However, winning teams may participate in related activities). Travel stipend is limited to airfare and accommodation expenses. Travel arrangements can be made by the selected teams or with the assistance of the organizer.

(b) Promotion

  1. Silver Linings Global, the Organizer of the Challenge, reserves the right to promote and market the participating design projects.
  2. The Organizer will hold an award ceremony to recognize the winning teams and their works.
  3. On a case-based arrangement, the Organizer will pair winning teams with venture capitals, industry businesses, and service providers to facilitate follow-up development of the products or services.
  4. The Organizer will highlight winning projects and recommend them for both domestic and foreign exhibitions.

Terms and Disclaimers.

About the Organizer:

  1. The organizer of Design Challenge Asia (Silver Linings Global) reserves the right to adjust the application and submission timeline based on the actual situation.
  2. The organizer reserves the right to amend the content and conditions stated in the Rules and Regulations without prior notice and at its sole discretion.
  3. The organizer team and judging panel are not allowed to take part in the Challenge.

About the Design Entry :

  1. Entry materials must be submitted before the indicated deadline and in the designated submission method. For incomplete entry materials or those that fail to meet entry requirements, the organizer reserves the right to decline the application without any prior notice or return procedure.
  2. Entry materials will be handled and collected by the organizer with full confidentiality and will not be returned. Please keep your own copy before submission.
  3. To ensure fairness of the Challenge, please do not include any unrelated signatures or marks in the entry materials (documents, posters, PowerPoints, and videos), except for the title of the design work. Any entry that violates this rule will be disqualified.
  4. Upon receiving the entry materials, the Challenge administrators will notify the team representative within two days via email; should the team have any questions, please contact Ms. Chen at:
  5. All entries must be the entrant’s original work, must NOT be available on the market, and must NOT be involved in plagiarism or infringement of others’ intellectual property. In the circumstance where concrete evidence is found or exposed that an entrant’s work is in violation of the regulations of the award’s reviewing process, or is involved in plagiarism, infringement of others’ intellectual property, or that the entrant is not the actual creator of their work or that the work is already available on the market, the Organizer will hold a panel review, and if necessary, revoke the winner’s title, cash prize, and certificate. Should the aforementioned incident cause any damages (including legal damage of intellectual property infringement) to a third party, the responsibility lies solely with the entrant, who should bear the indemnity liability and should raise no objection.
  6. The Organizer should have the permanent right to use the entries (including design photos and descriptions) for photography, exhibition, or promotional purposes.
  7. For entries qualified for the finals, entrants shall agree that the Organizer may collect the works and documents of the Challenge for future exhibition and publication purposes.

About the Entrants

  1. The copyright of the completed design work belongs to the entire team. To avoid any future disputes, team members should agree upon themselves, preferable in written contracts, regarding the ownership of the design work, including copyright trading, attribution of efforts, and rights and obligations between team members (commissioning or authorization of rights). The Organizer is not involved in this matter.
  2. Before submission, please double-check and verify all the entry materials. If the entry materials fail to adhere to the Instruction guidelines, are incomplete, or involve fraud or infringement, the Organizer reserves the right to exclude the entry and the entrant shall raise no objection.
  3. Entrants shall carefully study and review the Challenge Instructions to fully understand all the requirements and guidelines and accept all Terms & Disclaimers.
  4. Be sure to adhere to the qualifications of entrants and design entry. Failure to do so will be considered non-eligible.
  5. Entrants are solely responsible for any costs incurred in the transportation of their entry, and for the transportation and related costs for the final round presentation.
  6. Entrants are solely responsible for ensuring the protection measures during the transportation of their entry. If any damage occurs to the design works to the extent that they fail to adhere to the Challenge Instructions, the Organizer does not bear any liability.
  7. All entrants agree that the Organizer may collect, handle and use the personal information of entrants for promotional and administrative purposes related to the Challenge, and consent to Personal Data Collection Agreement, which shows in the application form.
  8. All entrants agree to participate in the Challenge related activities and adhere to the Challenge Instructions regarding award prizes and promotions.
  9. Once an entry form is submitted, it implies full understanding and agreement of the entrant to all the Terms & Disclaimers, the official Design Challenge Asia Instructions as stipulated, and those prevailing throughout the Challenge.
  10. All reasonable measures to ensure the protection of intellectual property associated with the Challenge will be taken by the Organizer. But Protection of such rights is ultimately the responsibility of each entrant. Entrants are recommended to apply for a patent or a copyright before prototyping. If your intellectual property is infringed upon, the Organizer is not liable to any damage and does not bear any legal responsibility.
  11. Requests, lobbies, threats, bribes or other actions interfering the judging panel and its review process are not allowed.
  12. Competition results rest on the final decision of the judging panel. Entrants shall raise no objection, unless entrants can provide concrete evidence that a specific design work violates any regulations stipulated by the Challenge.
  13. In condition of not violating the copyright, entrants should cooperate actively with the Organizer or co-organizer in non-profit activities.

About All Winning Teams of the Design Challenge Asia

  1. For those who wish to take part in the 2021-2022 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge taking place in Stanford, CA, please submit the required entry materials to the U.S. Organizer. While Silver Linings Global, the Organizer of Design Challenge Asia, does not guarantee that entry submission will certainly enter the final list.
  2. By attending the Challenge, entrants agree that the design works, including photos and video material, and your portrait may be used by the Organizer to further promote the Design Challenge Asia, and that you are willing to cooperate with media promotion activities. If deemed appropriate, the Organizer may use the physical design work, as well as quotes and photos, for exhibition, promotion, and publication purposes.
  3. Teams should actively participate in related promotion, advertisement, and follow-up support activities and should not decline for no justifiable reasons.
  4. For participating teams, the team representative is the default recipient of the award prize. Team members should decide upon themselves how to divide and allocate the prize. The prize is tax-deductible to the full extent of Taiwan’s tax regulations.
  5. The winning prizes offered by the Design Challenge Asia are limited to airfare and accommodation expenses to the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge the next spring. If an act of God results in the cancellation of the Global Challenge, the Organizer will announce the alternative method of receiving the prizes.