A team of third-year Industrial Design students — Sarah Ahart, Adam Bujnowski, and Emily Cowell — has been selected as one of twelve finalists in the Stanford Center on Longevity’s third annual Design Challenge. Their entry “Veevo,” a compact, in-home workout station that folds out to facilitate five different exercises, then folds back into a usable end table, originated in a Senior Living Studio sponsored by SFCS Architects in Roanoke and led by Associate Professor Brook Kennedy and Associate Professor Bill Green.
(L to R) Adam Bujnowski, Sarah Ahart, and Emily Cowell
University students from around the world submitted entries around this year’s Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge theme, “Using Happiness to Optimize Longevity,” with finalists coming from as far away as Taiwan and Turkey. This year’s challenge has two categories, Mind and Mobility, reflecting the Center’s mission to help people reach old age mentally sharp and physically fit. One representative from each of the twelve finalist teams will travel to Stanford to pitch their designs to industry leaders for final judging on April 5. In total, finalists will receive over $50,000 in prizes, mentorship, and sponsored travel, with the two grand prize winners receiving seed money to turn their designs into real products.