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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 www.xprize.org, Like us at www.facebook.com/xprize and follow us on Twitter at @xprize.




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From Green Glop to Black Gold

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:45 PM

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By Don Willlmott

Don Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel, and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites.

Call it the pond-scum sustainability solution. Green algae has a promising future as an alternative energy source -- assuming that...

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We Need a Manhattan Project for Cyber Security

(6) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:58 PM

2015-02-23-Marc_Goodman.jpegBy Marc Goodman
Marc Goodman has spent a career in law enforcement and technology. He has served as a street police officer, senior adviser to Interpol and futurist-in-residence with the FBI. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and the Chair for Policy, Law, and...

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Perfecting the Snap: A Prize Designer's Observations From the Field

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 4:59 AM

2015-02-20-wander_stephanie.jpgBy Stephanie Wander
Stephanie Wander is a Prize Designer with XPRIZE. During her two years with the Foundation, she has worked on the designs of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, the Global Learning XPRIZE, and the proposed Personal Aerial Vehicle and Tissue Engineering XPRIZE competitions....

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Bringing Holograms Into View

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:49 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher
Joni Blecher is a freelance writer who has spent her career covering tech and a myriad of lifestyle topics. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring the food scene in Portland, Oregon.

Microsoft made a splash last month when it unveiled...

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Is the Road to Solar a Solar Road?

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:57 PM

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By Don Willlmott
Don Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel, and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites.


If solar power is ever to truly hit the mainstream, we're going to need a lot more solar panels...

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Ultra-Cheap Microscopes Could Save Millions of Lives

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:14 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher
Joni Blecher is a freelance writer who has spent her career covering tech and a myriad of lifestyle topics. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring the food scene in Portland, Oregon.

The microscope is one of the quintessential symbols of...

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This Tower Of Power Is A Weather Machine

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 9:10 PM

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By Don Willlmott
Don Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel, and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites.

Wind turbines are a great way to generate electricity...until the wind stops blowing. Maybe what we...

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Doctors Are Consumers Too: Changing the Way Physicians Approach Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 6:40 PM

2015-02-04-20130604Messinger_headshot.jpgBy Gioia Messinger

Gioia Messinger is the Founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, a Lecturer at U.C. San Diego's Rady School of Management, and a Judge for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.


Much of the talk about consumerization in the health care market--the ongoing...

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Tracking Immunizations One Fingerprint at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 7:53 PM

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgBy Joni Blecher

Immunizations given to children at an early age have been instrumental in helping curb vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, but keeping track of those immunizations over the long term can be challenging in the best of circumstances. How...

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A New Spin On Trapping Ocean Trash

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:55 PM

2015-01-29-DonWillmott.jpgBy Don Willmott

Water and plastic don't mix, and anyone who has read a terrifying article or two about "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" knows that addressing what seem to be the impossibly huge issues of getting a billion tons of plastic out of our...

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Lava Amps: Tapping into Volcano Power

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 6:40 PM

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By Don Willlmott

There's hot, there's really hot, and then there's volcanic lava hot. The Earth has plenty of lava bubbling away under its surface, which makes it worth asking if we should try to tap into volcanoes as potential source...

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Moon Race Heats Up as Five Teams Take Home $5.25 Million

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:45 AM

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By Peter Diamandis
Chairman/CEO, XPRIZE

Since the start of the Space Age in 1957, only three countries have ever made it to the moon: the United States, Russia (the USSR) and China. In fact, in the early days of the 1960's moon...

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From Ebola to Stroke, Timing Is Everything

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

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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

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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

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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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