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Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s grand challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. For more information, go to, Like us at and follow us on Twitter at @xprize.

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From Ebola to Stroke, Timing Is Everything

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:20 PM

By Dr. Eric Van Gieson
Dr. Eric Van Gieson was a Nokia Sensing XCHALLENEGE Competition #2 Judge.

It seems ridiculous to ask anyone with a fever to wait in a holding pen full of people who are potentially infected with the...

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Enhancing Lives and Breaking Down Barriers

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:38 PM

By Henry Tirri
Henry Tirri is the EVP Technology Advisor to the CEO of Nokia.

I strongly believe that technology offers tremendous opportunity to tap into new information and new discoveries that can enhance our lives, whether by improving health outcomes,...

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Sparks Fly During Ocean Health Sensor Tests

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:56 PM

2014-10-20-Matt_Huelsenbeck.jpg By Matt Huelsenbeck
Matt Huelsenbeck is the Prize Manager of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

The first phase of testing in the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE kicked off with sparks and cheers. Teams arrived at the Monterey Bay Aquarium...

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The Grim Reality of Digital Health Today

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:31 PM

2014-10-14-AnnaMcCollisterSlipp.png By Anna McCollister-Slipp
Anna McCollister-Slipp is co-founder of Galileo Analytics, a visual data exploration and advanced data analytics company focused on democratizing access to and understanding of complex health data. She is a member of the judging panel for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder...

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"I am a Lion"

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Matt Keller By Matt Keller
Matt Keller is the Senior Director of the Global Learning XPRIZE.

As we launch the Global Learning XPRIZE, I am reminded of a project I worked on five years ago in Africa with Tufts University, MIT and the education...

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Democratizing Learning Through Technology

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM

2013-10-01-Diamandis.jpg By Dr. Peter H. Diamandis
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman & CEO of XPRIZE

There are nearly one billion illiterate people in the world, of which 250 million are children.

These are kids who cannot read, write or do basic...

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$10m Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE: 10 Finalist Teams Selected

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:21 PM

By Jon Sung

It all began with over 300 pre-registered teams, which led to over 20 competing teams. And then there were 10. That's right. After considerable evaluation and deliberation, it's time to reveal the 10 finalists in the running for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. These are...

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Want innovation? This is the answer

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Vivek.jpgBy Vivek Wadhwa
Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University.

In the 1920s, New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig offered a $25,000 prize to the first person to fly nonstop between New York and Paris. Several unsuccessful attempts were made before...

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Is the Wearable Market About to Explode?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Vivek.jpgBy Rick Valencia
Rick Valencia (@bootstrapped) is the founder and General Manager of Qualcomm's newly launched wireless health business, Qualcomm Life.

With Samsung & Apple both making big announcements (if not actually putting out products) and more and more venture money going...

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The Mysterious House In Which We Live: Celebrating The Beauty of Our Oceans

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:44 PM

2014-06-09-Jyotikaheadshot.jpg By Jyotika Virmani
Jyotika Virmani is the Technical Director of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Yesterday was World Oceans Day. A day to reflect on the beauty, vastness, and glory of our Oceans. It was a day to celebrate what the oceans...

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Excitement for Mobile Health Sensors Will Fuel Innovation in Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:27 PM

2013-10-09-Henry_Tirri_headshot.JPG By Henry Tirri
Henry Tirri is the Nokia Executive Vice President and CTO.

As the technologies enabling the mobile computing revolution spread beyond smartphones, sensors and data analytics increasingly have the ability to unlock secrets of our health. A massive force of this...

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Wearing Your Health on Your Sleeve

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:19 PM

2013-07-09-Gioia_Messinger.jpg By Gioia Messinger
Gioia is Founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, Lecturer at U.C. San Diego's Rady School of Management, and Judge for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.

Digital health was prominently displayed at CES this year with lots of floor space dedicated...

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Makers Are Radically Changing the World...Already

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:57 PM

By Singularity University adjunct faculty Mark Hatch, who is CEO and Co-Founder of TechShop and author of the Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers from McGraw-Hill.

Driven by the exponentially increasing power, ease of...

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Fun With Genetic Engineering: Why Letting Students Tinker With Microorganisms Is Good For Education And Society

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:22 PM


By Charles Gersbach, Assistant Professor, and Tom Katsouleas, Dean, Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering

Elaborate competitions to build the best robot or design cages to protect falling eggs have been a rite of passage for generations...

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Anyone Anywhere Can Build the Next Google -- There Are No Barriers

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Vivek.jpgBy Vivek Wadhwa
Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University.

A common excuse that entrepreneurs make for not being able to innovate is the lack of venture capital in their region. They argue that because investors are not ready to take...

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The Scary And Amazing Future Of Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:28 PM

Vivek.jpgBy Vivek Wadhwa
Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University.

Cubicles with low walls, open collaboration areas, desks and computers assigned as you show up for work. If you need to hold a private meeting or make a personal phone call,...

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Between Mountain and Sea: Exploring Rio Through Imagery

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 1:14 PM

By Joe Capra
Joe is a Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker, and winner of XPRIZE's 2012 "Why Do You Explore?" Video Contest for his piece Midnight Sun | Iceland.

After traveling to Iceland and Greenland, Rio de Janeiro was the next location on...

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Making Milestones to the Moon

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 5:09 PM

2013-10-01-Diamandis.jpg By Alexandra Hall
Alexandra Hall, Senior Director, Google Lunar XPRIZE

The last decade has seen XPRIZE build upon the success of its first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, which awarded $10 million for the first private suborbital spaceflight. Since then we have launched...

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Should Graduates Sell Their Souls To Goldman Or Save The World At Google?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Vivek.jpgBy Vivek Wadhwa and Robert J. Shiller
Vivek Wadhwa is the Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University.
Robert J. Shiller is a Sterling Professor of Economics Yale University.

"When you study finance, you are studying how to make things happen, on...

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A New Age of Ocean Exploration May Just Save Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 3:54 PM

2013-10-01-Diamandis.jpg By Dr. Peter H. Diamandis
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman & CEO of XPRIZE

A renewed golden age of exploration in the 21st century might just be the key to a healthy and valued planet. Although we've already ignited unprecedented...

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