The Future of Health & Wellness


In partnership with the Portland Innovation Quadrant, College Possible, Urban Development Partners, Construct 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 segments of our population, increase access to healthy and nutritious foods, inspire people to embrace physical activity as preventative care?


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 11 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

  • In 2050, it is projected that 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes

  • The rate of people living with diabetes tripled between 1990 and 2010


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

Industry Partners Include

Providence Health Care, PIE, HATCH, BASIC’s, Oregon Bio Science Accelerator, De Las Mias, PBOT, Playworks, Oregon Theory, and a few others.

Pitch Day Celebration

Open to the public and hosted at the Slate Building thanks to the in-kind support of UD+P.
1:30-3:30 June 28, 106 NE 3rd Ave , Portland 97232