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Designing for Ageing Well Challenge 2018


How do we design for Ageing Well Futures?

Deadline Extended — Entries now open until midnight, Monday 17 September

Our ageing population is increasing, and we are living longer. Issues around how to age well are more important than ever before. Solutions to this challenge require understanding the need for human-centred and interdisciplinary approaches to designing of technology. In particular, designing around smart devices and voice control has much potential for elderly users.

We’re seeking interdisciplinary teams to address specific problems at the intersection of Digital Health and Ageing Well, and design transformative solutions. Presented by RMIT University in collaboration with Telstra, the Challenge invites your team to tackle this real-world issue. At least one member of each team must be either a student, alumni or staff of RMIT.

Priority will be given to proposals focused on human-centred approaches to smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to ageing well. 

Submit your proposal to win $10,000 and shortlisted entries each winning $5,000.

Download the Challenge Brief

How it works

The following is a summary of the Challenge process:

  1. Form your interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify the issue or challenge your team’s solution will address. 
  3. Submit your Initial Entry, via the online form by midnight on Monday 17 September 2018. Your Initial Entry will describe the issue you will focus on, the challenges & factors you need to accommodate & your initial scoping for a proposed solution. 
  4. We will notify shortlisted teams on or by 24 September 2018. 
  5. Shortlisted teams will further develop & refine their ideas into a robust proposal & submit their Final Entry via email by 5pm on 19 November 2018. Final Entry submission may include a requirement to give a short presentation (5−10 mins). Shortlisted teams who submit a Final Entry will each receive at least $5,000.
  6. The winner will be announced on 26 November 2018. The winning team will receive $10,000.

Shortlisted teams submitting Final Entries will also have the opportunity to present their solutions at the Engaging for Impact (EFI) conference (18 — 20 February 2019).


Key Dates

Below are the important dates for the Challenge: 

  • midnight, Monday 17 September 2018: Initial Entries close. 
  • 24 September 2018: Notification of Shortlisted teams. 
  • 19 November 2018: Final Entries close. 
  • 26 November 2018: Notification of Winning team. 
  • 18 – 20 February 2019: Final presentation at the Engaging for Impact (EFI) conference 2019.

If you are interested in participating, please download and read the full Challenge Terms & Conditions:


How do I find out more?

Once you have read the Challenge brief and Terms & Conditions, if you have any questions, please send us an email.

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