XPRIZE® is an innovation engine, a facilitator of exponential change, a catalyst for the benefit of humanity. We celebrate bold thinkers who are willing to take risks for the sake of innovation. Our incentivized prize competitions have launched the new space industry, resulted in an exponential increase in efficiencies to clean up devastating oil spills, and helped open up a new generation of super fuel-efficient vehicles.
The XPRIZE Visioneers challenge invites YOU to delve into the Grand Challenges you see in the world -- and then to set the direction which will inspire the world's top innovators to deliver impossible breakthroughs.
We are seeking industry disruptors, social advocates, tinkerers, innovators and empathetic leaders who are excited to get their hands dirty in a problem, participate in deep research, talk to experts and inventors, and then talk to them again. You are eager to debate, learn, analyze, create, and work closely with other team members. You understand how to set audacious goals and you see a breakthrough for an impossible problem.
You have a drive to make the world a better place. You’re audacious -- some might call you obsessed -- and forever in hot pursuit of the most cutting-edge information and technology to help bring about the breakthroughs you’re committed to bringing about.
Imagine being equipped with a team and sponsorship to give your vision a voice as one of the contenders for the next XPRIZE competition.*
So, what are we asking you to do?
XPRIZE competitions start with Grand Challenges – the national or global crises, market failures, and opportunities where solutions are thought to be either out of reach or just plain impossible. This year, we want you to be part of the process of identifying these Grand Challenges and then collaborating with other competing Visioneers to design a prize.
First, you will start with a bootcamp, along with your fellow Visioneers, to learn more about XPRIZE, how we approach Grand Challenges, and learn the fundamentals of prize design from some of the foremost experts in the world. Over five months, with the help of XPRIZE, your team will develop a prize in an area of impact where an innovation breakthrough, that addresses a market failure not yet solved organically by government or business, would result in positive change.
The opportunity for you:
XPRIZE and the sponsors of The Visioneers are currently exploring challenges in the following areas:
So, what exactly are you doing as an XPRIZE Visioneer? The details, in a nutshell:
|From now until May 15, 2016||Apply to be an XPRIZE Visioneer!|
|May 2-4, 2016||All Visioneers will convene in Los Angeles, CA with XPRIZE staff and mentors to participate in a bootcamp to learn more about XPRIZE and the fundamentals of prize development.|
|May - September, 2016||Visioneers will collaborate in teams to develop their Competition Guidelines. Some Visioneers will work full-time, others part-time, with each team matched with a mentor from XPRIZE and Deloitte Consulting.|
|September, 2016||Prepare your pitch! You will collaborate with your team to tell the story of your XPRIZE competition and the breakthrough you anticipate it will achieve.|
|September 29 - October 2, 2016||It’s time for all Visioneers to come together to compete at The 2016 XPRIZE Visioneers event! You will meet some of the world’s foremost thought leaders and pitch your competition!|
|October onwards||Winning pitch is developed into the next XPRIZE competition*|
How you will stand out:
When it comes to XPRIZE, you could pin successful submissions down to two main ingredients: sizzle and substance. Think you got one? Both? Whoa.
Sizzle: It’s not just a good idea -- it’s an XPRIZE competition. Sizzle is the undeniable sweet spot where your challenge idea has instant, near-universal resonance. Since we’re certainly cooking some of the more obvious ones (education, water, artificial intelligence), your sizzle needs to be more than just a flash in the pan to really stick.
Substance: Substance, in essence, is being the Neo of your field. You can see exactly what needs to be done, and who to get involved in order to make sure this challenge hits the ground running. OK, so your friends probably don’t call you “The One” (although, we wouldn’t be all that surprised) but that doesn’t mean you’re not uniquely positioned, driven, and already on your way to ask precisely the right questions to get this problem from zero to breakthrough.
What you will win:
Each team of XPRIZE Visioneers will receive funding and support valued up to $100,000 USD. Each team member will receive funding based on their level of participation on their Visioneers team. All expenses to the Visioneers Bootcamp and The XPRIZE Visioneers event will be covered by XPRIZE.
Beyond the monetary award, the greatest value you will receive is your inside view of creating an XPRIZE incentivized prize competition, alongside some of the best prize development experts in the world. Your participation in The XPRIZE Visioneers event will give you access to some of the greatest inventors, innovators, and social entrepreneurs in the world. Past attendees have included members of the XPRIZE Vision Circle, the XPRIZE Innovation Board, and members of the Spirit of Innovation. If selected as an XPRIZE competition,* you will help drive a world-changing discovery or invention.
That’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.
Winners will be selected on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early!
|Challenge Launches||March 21, 2016|
|First Challenge Deadline||April 15, 2016|
|Second Challenge Deadline||May 15, 2016|
XPRIZE Visioneer Teams
Your responsibilities may include:
The XPRIZE Foundation is the global leader in incentivized prize competitions to focus top innovators on solving the world's biggest problems for the benefit of humanity.
We believe in the power of competition. That it’s part of our DNA. Of humanity itself. That tapping into that indomitable spirit of competition brings about breakthroughs and solutions that once seemed unimaginable. Impossible.
We believe that you get what you incentivize. And that without a target, you will miss it every time. Rather than throw money at a problem, we incentivize the solution and challenge the world to solve it.
We believe that challenges must be audacious, but achievable, tied to objective, measurable goals. And understandable by all.
We believe that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere and that some of the greatest minds of our time remain untapped, ready to be engaged by a world that is in desperate need of help. Solutions. Change. And radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
Making the Impossible Possible.
*Contingent upon funding
Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.
We are looking for Visioneers who are excited to get their hands dirty in a problem, participate in deep research, talk to experts, and then talk to them again. They are eager to debate, learn, analyze, create, and work closely with other team members. Visioneers understand how to set audacious goals, they aren't afraid to fail fast, and they see a breakthrough for an impossible problem.
We will assess how you and your challenge embodies the ideals of XPRIZE and Gene Roddenberry.
Submit early. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis and winners will be announced as they are selected. We encourage you to complete your submission as soon as possible.
To begin your submission, login to HeroX.com and then click on the “Start here” button on the challenge page. If you have not yet registered, click on “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner. Confirm your registration via email and then come back to the challenge.
As there are a number of questions in the submission, some that will take you longer than others to complete, so preview the form immediately. Spend time composing your answers offline and then login to complete your submission. Please remember to create an offline copy; we cannot be responsible for any text that is lost.
Quality trumps quantity. We're looking for as much information about you as possible, but we purposely don't give you a lot of space. We’re looking at what you say just as much as how you say it. Be mindful of our character limits, which include spaces.
We want to learn about your entire life journey -- what you have done, what you are working on, and what impact you want to create for the world. What makes you a rebel? a troublemaker? a creative thinker? Tell us what makes your remarkable….don’t be afraid to brag!
Share your proudest accomplishments, your weirdest experiments, and what makes you exceptional. But, don't be afraid to tell us about your face-plant mistakes, the prototypes that would never be, and busineses that didn't make it. We are selecting from a talented pool of innovators from all over the world, so we encourage you to be brave and stand out from the crowd. Tell us about your most impressive work and your biggest failures -- from new inventions to innovations (or those that never came to be), to ground-breaking research or viral activism, to your greatest impact on your community, your workplace, your school, or the world.
Websites, photos, articles, etc.
We want to see the links with your work and your accomplishments -- they will help us to get to know you better. Any video submissions must first be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video sharing site. Double-check that all of your links are working and that they are set to Public.
Challenge Concept: Open the Challenge Concept template. Click on "File," then "Download as." Download the document, complete it, and upload it as a .pdf file in your submission form. To complete the document in Google Sheets first, click on "File," then "Make a Copy." Work in this copy and then download it as a .pdf file to attach it to your submission.
While not required, XPRIZE and the sponsors of The Visioneers are currently exploring challenges in the following areas:
Who can participate:
The Challenge is open to all individuals, age 18 or older, private, public, and students. Innovators may originate from any country. Submissions must be made in English. All prize-related communication will be in English.
To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the Challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Registration and Submissions:
All innovators must be registered prior to submitting an entry. Final submissions must be received on or before May 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm EDT. No late submissions will be accepted.
Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website. All document uploads must be in PDF format (2 MB maximum). Paper size must be 8.5 by 11 inches. Minimum margins are one inch. Font must be minimum 12 pt, single-spaced (text in tables and figures may be as small as 9 pt).
Any video submissions must first be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video sharing site. Double-check that all of your links are working and that they are set to Public.
Selection of Winners:
Winners will be selected and informed of their status on a rolling basis. Winners will be placed on teams, with other Visioneers.
Winners will be judged by the XPRIZE team, including people with expertise in Grand Challenges, prize development, prize operations, along with the team who leads The Visioneers event.
Visioneer Training and Participation:
By submitting an application to this challenge, you are offering your commitment to participate in:
All Visioneers will be required to enter into an agreement with XPRIZE and will be subject to all of its rules and requirements.
Questions? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you!