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Next-Gen Mask Challenge

Reimagining protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them comfortable, functional, accessible, and stylish.
stage:
Qualified Teams Announced
prize:
$1,000,000
Overview

Challenge Overview

THE CHALLENGE

Masks are effective in slowing and preventing the spread of COVID-19, but not all of us have adopted this preventive measure. Some masks are ill-fitting, uncomfortable, not breathable, and the most effective masks are often unavailable or expensive.

 

We need an alternative—face masks that are readily accessible and affordable, functional for our everyday lives, fit a wide variety of wearers, and are effective in protecting the wearer and the community.

 

WE KNOW THAT WEARING A MASK IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, YET MANY FIND MASKS UNDESIRABLE FOR MANY REASONS FROM COMFORT TO FASHION. THE MISSION OF THE NEXT-GEN MASK CHALLENGE IS TO RESOLVE THIS SITUATION.

PETER H. DIAMANDIS

XPRIZE Founder and Executive Chairman

 

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF MASKS

The XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge will aid in the fight against COVID-19 by enhancing an effective solution: face masks. The next generation of masks will redefine the norm of mask-wearing behavior and help sustain crucial preventive health measures.

 

HOW TO WIN

The winning team will design a face mask that achieves the filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask and overcomes the top five barriers to mask-wearing as defined by an XPRIZE-conducted survey.

 

FOLLOW THE CHALLENGE

The Next-Gen Mask Challenge teams will be composed of the next generation of innovators ages 15-24 from all around the world. Follow the Competing Teams at xprize.org/nextgenmask.

Timeline

Challenge Timeline

start
July 12, 2020, 8 p.m. PDT
Enter
July 14, 2020, 11:20 a.m. PDT
Date Launched
Sept. 15, 2020, 8 p.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Sept. 23, 2020, 8 p.m. PDT
Qualified Teams Announced
Oct. 31, 2020, 6:49 p.m. PDT
You are here
Nov. 8, 2020, 8 p.m. PST
Semifinalist Teams Judging
Nov. 9, 2020, 8 p.m. PST
Semifinalist Teams Announced
Nov. 11, 2020, 8 p.m. PST
In-Lab Testing & Cultural Ambassador Judging
Nov. 18, 2020, 8 p.m. PST
Judging
Nov. 24, 2020, 8 p.m. PST
Finalist Teams Announced
finish
Dec. 11, 2020, 8 p.m. PST
Won
Forum 9
Community 130