XPRIZE Visioneering 2018 - Design Challenge

XPRIZE Visioneering 2018 - Design Challenge

Compete for a Chance to Win up to 100K by Designing and Pitching the next XPRIZE in 1 of our 5 Grand Challenge Areas
Winners Announced!

Challenge Overview

Recording of Peter Diamandis' Facebook Live Q&A on Competition Design


What is Visioneering?

Visioneering is your opportunity to design one of our next XPRIZEs. We are asking for your design concepts that can help solve a global need in one of five Grand Challenge Areas. The designers of the best concepts will work with experts at XPRIZE to further refine their concepts and develop them into the robust, incentivized competitions that take a global stage at our premier annual event, Visioneering 2018.  Participants will be eligible to win prizes up to $100k in value

5 Grand Challenge Areas


How Can I Participate?
  1. Click "Accept Challenge" above to register for the competition
  2. Form a team or submit a design as an individual
  3. Watch the Sponsor Intent Videos and choose from one of the 5 Grand Challenge Areas
    (Energy of the Future, Feeding the Next Billion, Natural Disaster Prediction, Lifting Farmers out of Poverty, and Saving Coral Reefs)
  4. Watch Training Videos to help you design the next XPRIZE
  5. Create an account and contribute to the Wiki to share your expertise
  6. Record Your Pitch and Submit your design by July 23rd!


Still Have Questions? 

Start a post in our Forum to join the conversation, find a team, or connect with other innovators.



XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowdsourcing, incentive prize theory and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances—igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges.

Active competitions include the Lunar XPRIZE, $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.

To learn more about XPRIZE, visit www.xprize.org.

To learn more about Visioneering, visit www.xprize.org/visioneering



Saving Coral Reefs Design Challenge

Sponsored by XPRIZE Ocean Initiative


The Challenge

Design a potential XPRIZE that incentivizes the creation of urgently needed innovations that can scale to protect and restore coral reefs.


The Background

Over half of all coral reefs have been lost, and by mid-century 90% or more could be gone due to coral bleaching from climate change, water pollution, and destructive fishing techniques.  We currently are losing a 100 x 120m patch of coral reef every hour. No current innovations come close to scaling to the urgent task of protecting or restoring coral reefs.

Coral reefs are being hit hard by human activities. Water pollution from agricultural runoff, toxic sewage outflows, and sedimentation threatens 25% of coral reefs. Overfishing and destructive fishing techniques like dynamite fishing have destroyed entire habitats, and corals have been directly harvested for jewelry. But the biggest global threat to coral reefs has come from climate change. 93% of climate change heat is absorbed by the ocean, and prolonged high-water temperatures have caused global coral bleaching events in which corals expel their symbiotic algae, turn white, and many of them die off.

And it is absolutely crucial to protect corals for both environmental and financial reasons. Coral reefs represent only 0.1 percent of the seafloor but are home to 25% of all marine species and support the livelihoods of 500 million people around the world through tourism, recreation, and fisheries.  There are several significant barriers that inhibit the protection of these vital resources, including the lack of scalable solutions (currently most reef restoration must be done by hand, with a diver being able to plant only ~6-8 new corals per hour), the lack of funds invested in technological interventions, little enforcement of existing laws to protect corals, and adapting coral conservation efforts with the rapid pace and scope of climate change.


The Grand Challenge Areas

An amazing XPRIZE design will focus on the smallest set of breakthrough innovations that can unlock the largest possible positive impact. After considering many different possibilities and consulting both internal and external experts in the field, XPRIZE has prioritized three “Grand Challenges” to be solved in this space: Coral Restoration, Local Coral Protection, and Climate Resilience. “Grand Challenges” are areas in which a breakthrough could lead to massive transformational change in creating a world of abundant, healthy corals. XPRIZE is seeking amazing prize designs in each of these areas.

Coral Restoration:

One key Grand Challenge is the creation of innovations that can scale globally to actually restore or regenerate coral reefs, with possible topics including but not limited to: Mechanized Planting, Jumpstarting with 3-D Printed Coral Structures, Endangered Coral Species Recovery, Regenerating Degraded Corals, Settlement Structures, Coral Nursery Design, or Coral Fertilization/Reproduction.


Local Coral Protection:

Another Grand Challenge crucial for saving coral reefs is innovations to stop local human threats to corals. Topics here could include technologies to: Enforce Laws on Dynamite Fishing or Marine Protected Areas, Improve Water Quality, Combat Algal Growth, Eliminate Invasive Species, Prevent Sedimentation or Anchor Damage.


Climate Resilience:

The third Grand Challenge in the domain of saving corals is around innovations that can make corals resilient to current and future changes in rising water temperatures, changes in ocean chemistry from ocean acidification, and sea level rise. Prize Designs focused on climate resilience are also hugely important given the prevalence of global climate change to coral conservation.  Areas that a Prize Design here could target include: Temperature Control through Upwelling and Shading, Breeding and Genetics for Climate Resilience, Reef Mobility, Coral Disease Resistance, or Assisted Evolution Field Trials.


What You Need to Do Now
  1. Do your research, do your homework. 
  2. Consult our Saving Coral Reefs Wiki to understand more about the topic.
  3. Then, check out our Submission and Judging Guidelines and prepare your submission!



The design of this prize is sponsored by the XPRIZE Ocean Initiative. The XPRIZE Ocean Initiative is a commitment to design and launch five ocean XPRIZE competitions to make the ocean healthy, valued, and understood. Through continuous support of our teams, outreach, post-prize activities, and partnerships the XPRIZE Ocean Initiative inspires innovative solutions to ocean Grand Challenges. The XPRIZE Ocean Initiative is made possible through generous contributions by Wendy Schmidt.

We are currently seeking sponsors to make the Saving Corals XPRIZE a reality. Please contact StakeholderRelations@xprize.org if you are interested in supporting the launch of this prize for scalable innovations to protect and restore coral reefs.

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