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



Feeding the Next Billion Design Challenge

Sponsored by the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, and The Tony Robbins Foundation


The Challenge

Design a potential XPRIZE focused on finding ways to ensure that the 10% of the planet that remains undernourished gets access to nutritious food produced in a sustainable way.


The Background

In 1970, about one out of every four people was hungry or undernourished. Today, the proportion has fallen to about one out of ten. While that is encouraging progress, the 10% of the population that’s undernourished still represents nearly 800 million people who don’t have access to healthy, reliable food—a completely unacceptable state of affairs in 2018. Furthermore, most demographers believe that by about 2050, the global population will be around 10 billion, up from about 7 billion today. How can we ensure those three billion new people all have access to nutritious food?

Further complicating the situation is the growing strain on our natural resources. Farmers cannot plant on more land, because most arable land is already in use. Stewardship of soil, energy and water will be increasingly important.

The Grand Challenge Areas

An amazing XPRIZE design will focus on the smallest set of breakthrough innovations that can unlock the largest possible impact. After consulting both internal and external experts in the field, XPRIZE has prioritized three “Grand Challenges” to be solved in this space: Food Systems, Nutrition, and Environmental Stewardship. “Grand Challenges” are areas in which a breakthrough could lead to massive transformational change in creating a world of nutritional abundance. XPRIZE is seeking amazing prize designs in these areas.


Food Systems:

One key Grand Challenge relates to the overall systems approach in food today, principally systems with respect to production, distribution, and consumption of food, at the micro and macro level, from storage solutions on the farm to market access. .  Prize designs could also target what people eat, how they eat and what they demand, since demand drives production.  Prize designs could also target better methods of producing and distributing food with less waste.



With 800 million people regarded as undernourished, prize designs in this category might enable millions of people to lead better lives by having better nutrition.  These designs could cover a broad range of possibilities ranging from inventing more precise technology for identification of nutritional needs to distribution of healthy food to people who need it most. 

Environmental Stewardship:

Food production relies on limited natural resources such as water, energy, and land.  Prize designs that target new technologies or approaches to growing healthy food while using less resources could incentivize huge breakthroughs in making sure the earth can sustainably produce enough healthy food for the next billion. 

What You Need to Do Now
  1. Do your research, do your homework. 
  2. Consult our Feeding the Next Billion 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 Feeding the Next Billion XPRIZE a reality. Please contact StakeholderRelations@xprize.org if you are interested in supporting the launch of this prize to get nutritious food to the hundreds of millions of those who currently go without.

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