T2 TechSAge Design Competition

Principal Investigator

Carolyn Phillips, M.Ed., ATP


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., Liz Persaud, B.A., Ben Jacobs

Project Alumni

Claudia Rebola, Ph.D. (Competition Director 2016-2018)


This project is an international student design competition for university students through a partnership with sponsors, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Anthem. University students will work in teams to develop technologies for aging-in-place, like mobile applications, voice-activated skills for digital voice assistants, or other innovative products. Winning teams will be offered additional resources to further develop prototypes and pursue commercialization of their ideas that provide innovative solutions to real world challenges faced by people aging-in-place with long-term disabilities.

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Stretch Robot Pitch Competition

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The Stretch Robot Pitch Competition, sponsored by TechSAge RERC, in collaboration with Hello Robot and P&G, is seeking innovative and creative hardware or software solutions to support individuals aging with disabilities by using the StretchTM robot. 

  • Open to all currently enrolled students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Submission Requirements: 2 page proposal & brief pitch video
  • Awards: Cash prizes & more!
  • Deadline: November 19, 2021

Learn more about the finalists from previous competitions:

2016 Finalists

2017 Finalists

2018 Finalists

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