The focus of this design challenge is to imagine how, in the near future, technology might be used to make health an integral part of daily routines.
Many attempts to encourage healthy lifestyles rely on prompting people to make healthy decisions in the moment, while doing nothing to address the underlying infrastructure, norms, and culture that guide behavior. For example, a FitBit might prompt people to take more steps, but it doesn’t touch the transportation infrastructure that makes commuting by car the default choice.
Environments have made it hard to be healthy, and the health care system can’t keep up. The United States spends far more on health care than any country in the world and yet, in terms of health outcomes, the U.S. achieves dismal results. The partnership seeks solutions that improve health, not just by focusing on health care and medicine, but also by taking a new look at the fundamentals of our everyday lives.
How might people design the systems used every day to yield health instead of sickness? Building health into our everyday lives means using design and technology to reshape how people eat, sleep, move from place to place, socialize, and entertain themselves so that everyone can lead healthier lives by default.
A panel of judges will choose two winning solutions: one design that targets specific healthy behaviors and one design that envisions broad, systemic change. Participants are encouraged to submit an “Intent to Participate” form by Monday, May 27, 2019. Designs are due by August 31, 2019.