IPD Challenge: Aging in Place Safely

Ann Arbor, MI – The University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations presents the Fall 2021 online Integrated Product Development Trade Show, featuring innovative products created by art & design, business, engineering, and information grad students. This is the 29th offering of this popular course.

Student Challenge: The Fall 2021 IPD Challenge: Aging in Place Safely

Event:  Integrated Product Development Trade Show

When:  Now - December 7

Where:  Virtual! Vote here: https://myumi.ch/rq1ej

Who: Open to the public

Taught jointly by faculty of the Ross School of Business and the Stamps School of Art & Design, the annual Integrated Product Design course challenges cross-disciplinary student teams from the College of Engineering, Ross School of Business, Stamps School of Art & Design, and School of Information to design, build, and market a brand new product, and then to face free market competition through the IPD Trade Show.

The Fall 2021 IPD Challenge: Aging in Place Safely

The student teams designed a product-driven solution that might - for example - help seniors in one or more of the areas of household tasks, hobbies, mobility, physical safety and health, mental health, and maintaining social connections.

  • Products are finished prototypes
  • No actual sales are made, and no money changes hands
  • Featured on CNN and in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times!
  • Catch the competitive buzz!

Want a sneak peek? Student teams designed web pages and videos to advertise their new connected products, visit to view their websites, and vote online.

Eric Svaan and Stephanie Tharp bring the energy, know-how and set the bar high. The product and service challenges are creative and bold, the process is rigorous, the methods taught are broad, the critique is direct and the sense of learning and accomplishment is high. It has been my pleasure to be involved with the IPD program.
Parrish Hanna, former Global Director, Interaction & Ergonomics, Ford Motor Company and founder of movotiv.

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Michigan Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. The Tauber Institute is an inaugural recipient of the UPS George D. Smith Prize for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics. For more information visit tauber.umich.edu.