Recognition & Prizes
There are two different prizes available for this challenge:
Winners will receive $5,000 in cash prizes:
- $5,000 – Prize 1: Address a target behavior at the systems level
- $5,000 – Prize 2: Reimagine a system or space
- Honorable Mentions: Entries that do not win but demonstrate a compelling concept or solution may receive an honorable mention.
Winners will be announced on October 16, 2019.
Winners will draw national attention from organizations across health, design, and tech, as well as the press.
Winners will be promoted throughout the Center for Health Experience Design and Mad*Pow networks.
Winners may have the opportunity to work with organizations engaged with the challenge to implement their concepts (in whole or in part) in the real world.
The Advisory Panel will provide assistance to participants on interpreting these criteria. This site will continue to be updated with answers to frequently asked questions and for more information, you can watch a recording of the Q&A webinar.
Each submission will be evaluated by the Challenge Advisory Panel for the extent to which the concept meets the evaluation criteria. This information will be shared with the Challenge Judges for final review and selection.
Meet Our Judges
Feasible within 5 to 10 years
Solutions are speculative: unconstrained by current technology platforms, existing infrastructure, and social norms, yet not in the realm of science fiction, meaning they do not require major scientific and technological breakthroughs. Solutions may require infrastructural changes, like street design, or public policy changes, like zoning regulations. You may incorporate emerging technology, such as robotics or 5G networks. Show what could be, given what we know today and where we’re heading.
Change the environment to a healthier default
Instead of prompting people to overcome the biases toward unhealthy choices that we commonly see in our environment today, aim for solutions that change the environment. For example, posters in an office building might remind employees to take the stairs, while new building requirements encourage architects to design appealing and accessible stairways that make physical activity the default option.
Incorporate multiple parts of a system
Solutions span a smartphone, a connected bicycle, and sensors embedded in the environment; or an autonomous vehicle, alternative fuels, and a school district. Consider how we might redesign or augment analog objects or systems that affect our health. Be sure to address challenges and obstacles to changing these systems at the technical, corporate, and policy levels.
Additional criteria for Prize 1: Healthy behaviors
Solutions submitted for this track should target at least one healthy behavior. We ask applicants to consider how the solution impacts the other healthy behaviors.
- More movement. Reduce sedentary behavior; facilitate more physical movement. Rather than “exercise” or workouts, make movement a by-product of daily activities — going to work, going to school, running errands, getting food, socializing, and having fun.
- Better food. Make it easier, more rewarding, and delightful to cook meals with fresh ingredients. Consider how people decide what to cook and the process of preparing a meal.
- Better sleep. How could technology be used to influence better sleep habits, longer and higher quality sleep? Focus on creating conditions conducive to better sleep.
- Quality social connection. Make it easier to develop deep friendships and to spend good time with friends, family, and neighbors.
- More time outdoors. Propose creative ways to make spending time outdoors more desirable for everyone and safer for more people.
Additional criteria for Prize 2: Reimagine a system or space
Designs in this track should provide a compelling overall vision for how health can be built into everyday life. We seek solutions that fundamentally reshape transportation, housing, food, office space, entertainment—any system(s) or space(s) that might pave the way for healthier behavior.
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How To Enter
Please link to all submission component files. Judges will use these links to view your submission documents.
Written design brief
(up to 2,250 words)
Describe the solution, the track it belongs to, and how it meets the entry criteria. This is your chance to explain all the details.
(up to 3 minutes long)
Show us what your solution looks like in practice. We want to see the value of your design (think Kickstarter).
Visual compositions of the solution
Use sketches, digital visual designs, or photography to explain your solution visually. Your visualization may take the form of a narrative—such as a story board or cartoon—or it may be more abstract, such as a diagram or a model.
Timeline for the next 5 to 10 years
Clarify the scope of your solution using a 5- to 10-year timeline that shows your early thoughts about key partnerships and activities that would need to happen to make this solution a reality.
Intent to Participate
We request that you inform us of your intent to participate in this challenge. The intent to participate is non-binding—submitting the form does not obligate you to submit a design. We are looking to get insight into how many submissions to expect and plan our review process accordingly. We will also be hosting a Challenge Q&A and want to ensure that you are notified for the event.
If you’d like to participate in the Health by Design: Building health into our everyday lives, pre-registration is the first step. Once you’ve pre-registered, we will send reminders on due dates and any other important information.