The Future of Health & Wellness


Construct Foundation in partnership with the Portland Innovation Quadrant, OHSU, and College Possible will launch the 6th annual, Breaker student design challenge:

The Future of Health and Wellness

June 17-28.


How Might We: reduce the rate of diabetes across all segments of our population, make low glycemic food products desirable and accessible, and engage new communities with tools and services that support increased activity levels? 


While we live in a world saturated with health and fitness content, entire segments of our population have been left out of the healthy living revolutions.  The rising cost of health care combined with growing rates of chronic disease like diabetes present an unnecessary financial burden to families.

1 in 10 Americans have Diabetes | 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes | 50% of all Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic by age 65

A new wave of personalized medicine is taking hold with an overall emphasis on improving lifestyle how can we ensure all segments of or population are included in this next wave of innovations in personalized medicine?

A fundamental shift is happening in health care away from “mass medicine” to “personalized medicine.” Breakthroughs in genomics, digital technology, and data analytics are ushering in a sea change in which patients will be separated into different groups with medical decisions, practices, interventions and products being tailored to the individual based on their predicted response to disease and drugs


High School students including rising 9th graders are invited to apply to our team of problem solvers. 15 will be selected based on evidence of what they can contribute to a collaborative project. You need NOT have any prior content knowledge in order to participate in this challenge. Grades and test scores will not be taken into consideration. The success of our work hinges on a generous collaborative spirit.


10 Immersive Days 10:00 am to 3:30pm

Mon June 17  Intro to the design process and call to action

Tue  June 18 Intro to Empathy

Wed June 19 Empathy work in the field

Thur June 20  Synthesis / User Point of View

Fri June 21 Ideation

Mon June 24 Prototype

Tues June 25 Test, Refine and Rebuild

Wed June 26 Business Modeling

Thur June 27 Storytelling

Friday June 28 Pitch

A pitch day celebration will be open to the public. Stay tuned for more details.