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



Natural Disaster Prediction

Sponsored by Fairfax Financial


The Challenge

Design a potential XPRIZE to save lives and reduce economic loss through better mechanisms to predict earthquakes and tropical cyclones.


The Background

Natural disasters leave in their wake a trail of injury, death, lost livestock, property damage, and enormous economic loss. Earthquakes can trigger volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and landslides. Tropical cyclones (Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons) are frequently accompanied by severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, and coastal storm surge. At least 80% of the world’s population live in areas that are prone to either earthquakes, tropical cyclones, or the natural disasters that result from these. In the last 10 years, over 600,000 people lost their lives through natural disasters. With regard to economic damage, the most destructive natural disaster was the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, which caused an estimated economic loss of $360 billion. Meanwhile, the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season was the most costly, with initial damages costing $282 billion. How can we incentivize global solutions that save 100,000’s of lives and mitigate $100’s billions in economic damages?

The Grand Challenges

An amazing competition 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, the team has prioritized two “Grand Challenges” to be solved in this space: Improved Prediction and Reliable Communication. “Grand Challenges” are areas in which a breakthrough could lead to massive transformational change in creating a world where all people can be safe from the worst ravages of natural disasters. XPRIZE is seeking amazing prize designs in each of these areas. An amazing XPRIZE design will be simple but audacious, challenging teams to develop breakthrough innovations that may address these prize focus areas for either earthquakes or tropical cyclones, or both.


Improved Prediction:

A clear key to mitigating the damage and loss of life caused by earthquakes and tropical cyclones is in the prediction itself.  Thus, prize designs that incentivize the creation of better prediction technologies are important, but what is meant by “better prediction” is tantalizingly broad.  It could be a prize competition aimed at solutions with greater and consistent global accuracy. Or it could be a prize aimed at longer lead times, including the identification and prediction of trigger mechanisms or precursors to genesis, which would allow enough time for sufficient preparation and appropriate evacuations. A competition design could, for example, incentivize the creation of new technologies that identify precursors or drastically reduce the cost and increase global access to reliable prediction mechanisms.


Reliable Communication:

In this context, by reliable communication we mean solutions that improve the timeliness and consistency in the communication of a natural disaster once an accurate prediction has been made. Often, information given out prior to a natural disaster can be confusing, misleading, or ignored. In particular, we believe communication that is quick, reliably consistent, and accessible to everyone regardless of means of technological savvy is key to avoiding loss of life and money. We emphasize “technological savvy” because in many parts of the world, communication infrastructure and mechanisms are limited and currently rely on word-of-mouth. A competition design that incentivizes breakthrough solutions that result in new forms of communication or new approaches that allow the global standardization of accurate and rapid communication are just the tip of the iceberg here.


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

We are currently seeking sponsors to make the Disaster Prediction XPRIZE a reality. Please contact StakeholderRelations@xprize.org if you are interested in supporting the launch of this prize for scalable innovations to save lives and reduce economic losses from earthquakes and/or tropical cyclones.

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