2017-2018 Competition

The Theme: The Age-Friendly City

The Topic: What does it mean to be a senior citizen? The official definition in most countries is a person who is more than 60 or 65 years old. Beyond that, there is little else that seniors have in common. Today, a revolution in the “culture of aging” is underway, and timeworn notions of the elderly no longer fit. Older adults are living longer, staying in the workforce longer, and contributing to their communities in myriad ways. 

But aging can have its challenges.  As people get older, they may experience physical and cognitive changes.  Loss of mobility, visual and hearing impairments, slowed reflexes, illness, and memory loss are a few examples of changes that can create barriers to independent living and sometimes lead to isolation and loneliness.

Because the number of older adults will exceed the number of all children under the age of 14 by 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a framework to help cities become more age-friendly. This entails designing and adapting a city’s natural and built environment to create accessible and safe transportation options, barrier-free access to homes and public buildings, and healthcare support and services so that people can maintain their health and independence for as long as possible.  Such features do not just benefit the elderly, but people of all ages.

The Challenge: Identify an age-related challenge that exists in today’s urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow your future city’s senior citizens to be as active, independent, and engaged as they want to be.


Competition Day Winners

  • 1st Place - Raramai from Harding Township School
  • 2nd Place - E'Laurean from Keyport Public Schools
  • 3rd Place - New Speranza from Miftaahul Uloom Academy



Team Name

1st Place

Harding Township School


2nd Place

Keyport Public Schools


3rd Place

Miftaahul Uloom Academy

New Speranza

4th Place

Hoboken Charter School


5th Place

Iselin Middle School


6th Place

Saint Vincent Martyr School

Seniorem Civitatem

7th Place



8th Place

Twp of Ocean Intermediate School


9th Place

Frelinghuysen Middle School


10th Place

Upper School


Best Use of Engineering Principles

Hoboken Charter School

Aeternum City

Most Organized City

Saint Joseph Academy


Best Use of Planning Practices

Academy of Saint Paul


Best Land Surveying

Iselin Middle School

Kenmeina Toshi

Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems

Kenneth R Olson Middle School

Sun-ville City

Most Accessible City

Franklin Borough School


Most Futuristic City

Iselin Middle School

Nova Ingressus

Most Creative Use of Materials

Clinton Public School


Healthiest City

Franklin Borough School


Most Resilient City

Heritage Middle School

Eleanor City

Most Sustainable City

Cedar Hill Prep

Auxilium City

Best Zoning

Academy of Saint Paul


Best Economy

Transfiguration Academy


Best Transportation

Mount Olive


Most Environmentally Friendly City

Upper School


Best Newcomer

Colonia Middle School

White Pine Harbor