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one year on from most exciting education summit we've been priviliged to attend
president macron missing curricula plea that french as second language is priroritised with 10 times more affordable english and chiense as second languages .. note to students get french universities to join in cataloguing world fav communities for all networks (eg special olympics, monica yunus' singforhope.org) -
==============sept 2017 birth of education commission & greatest #learningeneration=== if the world of education isnt transformed beyond the over-examined classroom - half of all youth will be unemployable
2 jack says 0.3% of all alibaba revcenue goes into a green foundation- and so far that mainly invests in the worlds greatest natirural and youth resources -places with huge natural assets often far away like the arctic with a few brave youth there on the ground link back from the futiure
jack says that DAMOacadmey believes it is writh investing 15 billion dolars in back from the futures as seen but youth tech wizards from unusual places eg moscow and israel as well as usual places like siliicon valley and hangzhou
jack may be china's second wealthuest man and leading tech gury but until the age of 30 jack says he only had 2 talents - showing tourists around his hometowan hangzhou and peer to peer enelglish languiage elarning
jack says that up to 1500 hangzhou was one of the 2 great hivs for worldwide commerce - the oether was every nation facing the med sea -then something happened to world trading routes- basically the english replaned thriving local peoels all along the silk road with colonisation; 1500's 2 largest populations and eceonomies incdia and china were expoenetially closed down; chiea's appetite to gtrade with the world didnt open to 1976- it then took 3 extraordinary leaps forward:
women eld manufaturing (and in china consumer choice) to hold up half the sky- they scacrificed having more than one child so that china could do industrial revolution in 20 yeras that had taen english speaking world 250 yeras
leap 2 public servants went back to school - the most amzing spce ever to train public servants - if you love l;earning poit tsinghua university on your bucket list- its the happiest university i could ever imagnine seeing
and then jack travelled to america- he saw the web before any other chiense mainlander and spent 10 yeras where silly valley spent 3 months conceiving how hangzhou would once again be the epicentre of all the most inspired comerce peopels can trade with each other; people did not belive jack would succeed - ironically china's old enemy japan came to his finacial rescue- once tsinghua saw what jack could build in 2008 they started teaching stdents something competelky different
vback in 1976 studnets were not alowed to start any companes they were all state owned - in 2017 china launched 5 million stary ups mostly youth built- howver these were not just make money starts up - in 2106 xi jinping joined jack and the whole of hangzhou in celebrating the idea that china's 4 greates modern invesntion were all moer socai/ sustainable than anything the west had yet buit- sharing bicycles and fas trains, mobiulising money ad well as e-commerce; and jack said in 2020 i will strat my 3rd decdae of creating jobs with webs; i want to get back to the most joyful markjets: education, health, green - how can worldwide youth linkin with taht exploration...
during the arctic meeting at tufts lunchtime you were at the conference desk and you max and i briefly greeted each other, and you told me you grew up quite close to shanghai (and so eg 沪江-专业的互联网学习平台。学习，成为更好的自己！ a leader in conneting 20000 students and teachers live however remote their classrooms)
yiyi yesterday I had a great meeting in washington dc set up by max with robert rich of arcus (max can explain who he is but few people seem to have remit to help youth choose what they do and study across arctic)
as you can see from his notes , he has asked me to maximise chiense conections around him - so my question is do you have time to monitor how china, tufts and arctic groups connect
i realise student tme is incredibly precious and many choices collide but 8 visits to beijing (establishing some connections inside tsinghua, and among those concerned with totally new invstments developing counytries Belt Roads need to make) lead me to believe china is miles ahead with distant learning tools and using ai to teach teacers as well as stidents -- so as to that connect distant youth communities and urgent local challenges which ultimately is critical to sustainability and jobs returning to any place and all our networks and education systems
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therefore to the extent i can be of any use to arctic peoples -or college students in boston - it is helping connectithose in china with the technolgy but also with the permission to connect all sustainability youth;
i dont speak chinese; i am not in boston for more than about 10 days a yera though america's most open learning speace ; i will never expereintially know many arctiic communities; maybe you and max could tell me if you have questions - i noticed a confucius intitute 100 yards down the hill from the conference room- if what I am trying to linkin isnt a match with your focus, do you know whether there is a way to see if there is another chinese stident who might want to know about this
thanks chris macrae 240 316 8157 norman macrae foundation www.economistboston.com
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ps amy at columbia university has about 4 yeras experience of walking in and out of UN youthe meetings and of me trying to connect chiense under 30s with all under 30 especially the billion who are either poorest women or come from the most disconnecetd of education childhoods - she herself coems from maos villages - perhaps you have time to chat to see if i am making any networking sense-
also in new york is javeed- he's a new yotrket, india diaspora, spnet most of his life in teaching inner city disadvanted youth but now wants remote stidents in india to be linked in - he too is studying eg hujiang and how sepetemebr t the un general assemply is die to stage youths greatest elarning summit -china and india dont always see eye to eye just like russian and america dont but actually if chinese and arctic circles youth dont resolve history confloicts then all our futures were dark
my first story to robert yesterday- how criel nature has been to us this last 500 years- imagine if the whole eursaia continet was 10 degrres latitude lower - bcak in 1500 north europe especially uk could have sailed the arctic circle- there would have been no colonisation of india, no closing down china with opium, maybe no wars no stalins or hitlers and women could have been valued as holding up half the sky through 500 years and not just chinas last 40 years
anyhow bon courage to everyone - these next few months i pray hcina friendships linkin wherever youth want to work hard on community building their sustainable generation
previously robert rich wrote
Dear Chris,Thank you very much for the eye-opening conversation this morning and the follow-up note. I enjoyed hearing your big ideas and thinking about how we can advance Arctic education and knowledge and make connections with the innovators you described.I noted the following likely areas for follow-up: • To lead a delegation of Arctic education stakeholders to China (especially Tsinghua University) to see this innovation first-hand, • To get Chinese education leaders to appear at our (Arctic community) events, and • To match up people in support of corresponding on projects - to get small circles talking with each other between Chinese educational innovation and Arctic stakeholders.Also, we’d be happy to discuss promoting our free curricular resources (and perhaps those of others) with Ed Resor’s group, and inviting Paul Rose to speak with our community (perhaps as a Seminar speaker).I look forward to talking with the local contacts you mentioned, and I’ve begun discussing your ideas with our Education Committee.Thank you and best regards,Bob----------------------------------------------Robert H. Rich, Ph.D., CAEExecutive DirectorArctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS)
please note any errors in any of above are solely caused by email@example.com - anything you think is worth exploring is led by people who care most about te arctic or who tralsate languages and cutktures from chiense to eneglish to any other spirit that can happily energise youth, and especially help girls build hald of sustaonable world with mother natoure
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Problem: Rural areas in Madhya Pradesh, India reported 92% increase in easily preventable water borne diseases. Unfortunately these areas have no provision for clean drinking water.
Context SAMPERK has identified two needs that are complimentary and will fulfill each other: Students who have to do school projects for credits and local community in need of drinking water. Thus, SAMPERK not only satisfies both the needs but also integrates classroom education with solving societal problems. This will bring in behavioral changes in the mindset of students and also in turn the society.
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SAMPERK is a self-sustained customized rural development plan included in school curriculum as projects and implemented by students. In this particular case students will develop a domestic filtration unit in classroom and install them in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh.
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Neha Mehta– Neha is a native of India and belongs to Rajasthan state. She has familiarity with the Indian social and political conditions which are valuable assets for the progress of our project. It also provides us an edge to connect more effectively to local organizations and community by talking fluently in their native language. She completed her undergraduate degree from premier institute of India- IIT Roorkee in Paper Chemistry. After completing her undergraduate, she joined University of California Berkeley to pursue masters in Chemical Engineering. Before joining MIT, for a second masters in Technology and Policy she worked in the field of water purification at Porifera nano Inc, CA. Given the nature of our project, her expertise in water purification and treatment technologies and ability to understand and deal with policy frameworks will be a great value addition to our team.
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There are currently no educational resources to teach middle and high school students about efficient biomass stoves…our project is changing that! The Global Cookstove Education Project (GCEP) uses project-based learning to connect students from around the world through the issues of personal energy use, biomass resources, and efficient cookstoves. Pioneered in 2012 by a group of educators from 4 countries, the GCEP allows students to participate in a global educational collaboration as they investigate biomass use, build small cookstoves, test stove efficiency, and search for solutions to the health and environmental problems that arise from the fact that half the earth’s population burns wood or charcoal to meet their daily energy needs. Although still in its infancy, the GCEP has recently begun to gain traction in terms of not only educating students about biomass use issues and efficient cookstoves, but also by serving as model for the use of STEM design projects to encourage collaborations between students around the world.
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Anthony McHugh is a 1st year MIT undergrad studying Civil Engineering. He is a resident of iHouse, a living-learning community designed to prepare its occupants for careers in international development. As a resident of iHouse, he participated in a seminar entitled Topics in International Development in the fall of 2012, and has had the opportunity to speak with leaders of many development projects both on campus and in the surrounding community. He participated in the founding and organization of a summer mathematics camp for middle school students while he was in high school. He will serve as the team leader, and will take charge of marketing and publicity for the project.
Ishwar Kohale is a 1st year MIT undergrad interested in studying Biological Engineering. He is also a resident of iHouse, and participated in the seminar. Ishwar Kohale grew up in a rural area in Maharashtra, India and is familiar with the educational system in India. He will work on strengthening connections with the Srishti School and other cookstove projects in India. He will take the lead in conducting research and developing a prototype.
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Problem In India, there is a huge waste of talent pool due to the lack of resources and opportunities. For eg., less than .1% of ~1 million engineering students get world class education, hands on learning or cutting edge research exposure. There is a tremendous lack of entrepreneurial effort and R&D to build a robust high-tech environment. A structured program to create leaders, entrepreneurs and researcher to push the community forward is totally absent.
Context Conventional path of directly going to the villages and doing charity to alleviate poverty have failed again and again. We believe in involving everyday people in giving back to the community and helping in building a sustainable economy. One of the problems we notice in countries like India, is the huge disparity in the living of the urban and the rural people. As engineers we wanted to use new strategies to alleviate poverty. We thought of programs that will not only help the students be leaders and innovators, but also connect them to the large majority of the population who they can help.
Solution •Locate a rural area in India, and identify a problem with a viable technical solution •Design a competition to address the problem •Allow students from the smaller colleges to participate with a faculty mentor •Incentives in every stage for developing idea, prototype, and implementation •Students are supposed to work in the villages actively so as to make a product customized to their needs
Promote hands on learning, creative thinking in smaller engineering schools. Atleast have 4 teams come up with low cost technology prototypes that can turn into successful start ups. Improve people's life in at least one rural community
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Each year, the Young Innovators Competition invites new start-ups and concepts to compete for one of the ten prestigious places in the programme. Chosen by a committee of world-class experts from public, private and academic sectors, the ten winners join the ITU Telecom World event for a four-day accelerator programme of pitching sessions, hands-on workshops and mentoring – plus the chance to win up to USD 10 000 in funding.
But it’s not just an annual competition. It’s a community. Which is why the winners of the 2012 competition will be joining this year’s winners in Bangkok to report back on the development of their projects after a year of mentoring and to offer the benefits of their experiences as peer-mentors to the class of 2013.
Young Innovators Competition 2013 winners
With over 600 applications from 88 countries, identifying the ten best entries responding to one our global challenges has not been easy. So we’re delighted to be able to announce the 2013 winners joining us at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok:
Al Dalilah Advanced Operational GPS represented by Ahmed Fawzi from Egypt – an advanced tracking and first response system using meteorological data
Broad Street Maps represented by Hannah Judge from the USA – producing individualized healthcare maps to support health organizations
Kumba Connect represented by Keston Perry from Trinidad and Tobago – an interface connecting unemployed Caribbean migrants with technical skills based in the UK with Caribbean-based companies
Land-Sea Digital Bridge represented by Nguyen Tran Hoang from Viet Nam – an HF digital radio communication system connecting fishing boats and shore stations
M-Tambula represented by Brenda Katwesigye from Uganda – providing the elderly with easy access to public services using Interactive Voice Response over mobile phones
NduruApp represented by Thomas Kioko from Kenya – a one-stop mobile app to manage all aspects of road safety
Open Curriculum represented by Varun Arora from India – an online platform for local K12 educational material
SalvageHub represented by Oscar Ekponimo from Nigeria – a web and mobile platform to reduce food wastage at individual and retail levels
SiSwApp represented by Timothy McDermott from Australia/ Swaziland – an English-SiSwati translation app aimed at migrant workers
Tudlo Disaster and Emergency App represented by Yvonne Loremia from the Philippines – a multi-purpose information platform for emergency and disaster situations
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Laina Raveendran Greene is Chief Strategy and Investment Officer of IBST, one of the four public listed independent telecom tower companies in Indonesia. Her role includes identifying new innovative technologies and solutions, and investor relations. Laina’s work experience spans 25 years in the telecoms industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries. Having founded and run two companies herself, she serves on companies boards and mentors start-ups around the world. She considers herself a serial entrepreneur and a Global Citizen.
A Mexican, Weston started his career at DaimlerChrylser in Germany, programmed at Microsoft in Redmond, USA, and then quit to obtain his degree (in Computer Engineering) and travel the world. He joined CouchSurfing , serving as CTO for over 4 years and helping to turn it into the world’s largest travel community. Later, Weston moved to Berlin and took on the CTO role at 9flats.com. Weston has now founded Footstep Ventures and, together with a small team, is creating a next-generation city guide. He also mentors other start-ups in Germany and Singapore.
Mariéme Jamme is a London-based CEO , technologist and social entrepreneur with a passionate commitment to helping empower her fellow Africans through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and economic development. She is currently the CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a UK based company that helps IT organizations gain a foothold in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She recently founded Iconscience, a think tank uniting business experts and like-minded individuals in a friendly atmosphere to brainstorm ethical scenarios for sustainable business, social, technological and environmental development in Africa.
Yasmin is the only woman to date to have received the prestigious Key Industry Leader Award in 2007 and the Personality of the Year Award in 2009, both from the Association of Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM). She has strong credentials and recognition within top ICT multinationals, having reached the top leadership positions in Microsoft (CEO and MD), Dell (CEO and Corporate Director) and HP (GM). A strong advocate of attracting and developing female talent in IT, she is a founding patron of the NGO community Gorgeous Geeks.
Christoph started his career in a Berlin digital agency in 1996, tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the digital industry ever since. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin and has been hosting, mentoring, and speaking at national and international workshops and technology events ever since. In summer 2012, Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy, Berlin’s independent boutique accelerator, graduating the first batch of six start-ups in March 2013.
Daniela Schiffer co-founded Berlin-based start-up Changers.com in 2010. The Changers portable solar charging system combines the production of pure and clean energy and consumer desire for more independence and mobility with the revolutionary power of social media. Prior to Changers, Daniela worked as a consultant at a communications agency where she was closely involved with high-tech companies, specifically in the field of green energy and photovoltaics. Passionate about how the usage of media changes our society, she has collaborated on different media art projects across Europe.
Benjamin Thym is the founder and CEO of barcoo. Following the completion of his studies in Business Informatics, Benjamin worked at the Boston Consulting Group as an IT consultant. When he came up with the concept for barcoo, he moved to Berlin to develop barcoo’s mobile shopping and information service. He is responsible for Communications, Product and Sales. The number of the app’s end-users has already reached more than 11 million, and Apple has just declared barcoo to be one of the most downloaded apps of all times in Germany.
ace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. At left is Abdulaziz H. Al-Mutairi, TCF board member and GM.
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The Centennial Fund (TCF) announced the winners in the 2014 Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Global Entrepreneurship Award at a glittering ceremony at the upscale Ritz-Carlton Riyadh on Monday night.“I congratulate the winners of the awards for what they have achieved because of their creativity,” said TCF board of directors chairman Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, who is also the Saudi deputy foreign minister.Prince Abdullaziz bin Abdullah and Abdulaziz H. Al-Mutairi, a member of the board of trustees and GM of TCF, honored award recipients on the occasion.The prince thanked everyone who had helped to make the event as successful as it was, including Sabic and Shell, represented by Patrick Van Daele, vice president and country chairman.Prince Abdulaziz also congratulated Muhammad Yunus, who had earlier been chosen for the 2nd Global Entrepreneurship Award (GEA-2014).Prince Abdulaziz said that TCF was keen to serve the community and society with the holding of the entrepreneurship forum, which had been held earlier on Monday morning. He noted that it was taken part in by well-known local and foreign experts on entrepreneurship and that it was made possible with the full support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.The prince said that it was one of the TCF’s objectives and that it was significant to the national economy. He also noted the TCF’s achievements.
“I take this opportunity to thank King Abdullah for the support TCF has received to help fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the youth in this country,” said the prince.Speaking with Arab News earlier on his behalf, Abdulaziz H. Al-Mutairi, TCF general manager and a member of the board of directors, said that Prince Abdulaziz hoped that young Saudi entrepreneurs will grow by going global.He said that TCF would help them by give them training under its 35,000 trainers in different colleges and universities all over the Kingdom.Khaled Alolaiwi, a young Saudi entrepreneur, lauded TCF’s plan and goal, saying that “it will go a long way in helping the Saudi economy grow.” Alolaiwi manages Tarjamat Office, which rendered simultaneous interpretation services on the occasion.Yunus, who introduced micro-finance in Bangladesh, also talked on the occasion, saying that he started his mission to help the poor by lending $47 dollars to 20 people.He said that this became very successful and, as a result, many people also approached him for loans.“I eventually went to the banks to convince them to lend money to youth and I was asked as guarantor. This was in 1976,” he told the audience.He started Grameen Bank, which already has $8.5 billion in assets and has helped about 8.5 million families.“Thousands of family members that received help from Grameen Bank have become successful in their chosen endeavors. Many have become doctors,” Yunus said.He added that “there’s a big difference between the first and second generations of Grameen Bank borrowers.”He said that he had told borrowers that they “should come up with a social business and create jobs to help solve human problems and get away from profit-making.”“The mission should be to solve people’s problems, create social businesses and invite others to become entrepreneurs. As a result, we received several applications. In social business, no profit and loans are made available without interest,” he said.He added, “Whatever amount we give to borrowers, they should return it without any profit for us.”He added that society-created systems are responsible for unemployment. “Everything should be geared toward stability,” he said.Grameen Bank has expanded by establishing branches overseas. “We have two in Los Angeles, two in San Francisco, and one each in Boston, Nebraska, and Charlotte. Our average loan in the United States is $1,500,” he said. He added that “What we’re doing is not a Bangladeshi phenomenon. It’s global. The first mission for an aspiring entrepreneur is to learn how to be...an entrepreneur,” he said.His book, “Banker to the Poor,” contains the concepts and ideas on micro-lending which Yunus espouses.The other winners of the 2014 Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Global Entrepreneurship Award were: Amer Bukvia for best pioneer project (Bosnia Herzegonina); Muhammed Asfor, best existing project (Bahrain); Sara Al-Otaibi, best female pioneer (Saudi Arabia); Aminah Al-Hawaj, co-winner as best female pioneer; Asma Gaith, best female mentor (Egypt); Lojain Al-Jabbawi, best business plan (UAE); Abhishek Garodia, best project (United Kingdom); Tareq Mansour, best pioneer, 2nd place, Egypt; Thamer Al-Fanshuthi, best male mentor (Saudi Arabia); Khaled Al-Khodair, best existing project, 2nd place (Saudi Arabia); Nasser Muhammed Al-Jasuin, best existing project, 3rd place (UAE); Fidah Abu Turki, best female pioneer, 2nd place (Palestinian Authority); Yusuf Jamjoom, best existing plan, 2nd place (Saudi Arabia); Amal Al-Rumah, best existing project (Saudi Arabia); Ayan Aramadi, best project idea, 2nd place (Palestinian Authority); and Khaled Saed Al-Zahrani, best project idea co-winner, 2nd place (Saudi Arabia).
lture, capital, education, health and water. The competitions seek to highlight the most scalable enterprises that create wealth and uplift entire populations from poverty.
The Education and Global Development Prize Group Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Naveen Jain, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a technology pioneer. Jain is the founder of InfoSpace, Intelius and Moon Express. Previously, he was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation. Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University and serves as a director on the board of Coastal Aviation Software and Flow Mobile. He has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills.
"Innovation and entrepreneurship is the only sustainable way to solve the grand challenges facing humanity today. I am honored to be part of X PRIZE to find innovative solutions to education and global development through incentive prizes."— Naveen Jain
Education Game X PRIZE
There is a global shortage of great teachers. If an online or mobile gaming platform existed that was able to reliably teach students in a compelling and engaging fashion, it would transform education around the world for anyone with a smart phone. Imagine if learning a subject was fun and done with your best friends.
TB Diagnostics X PRIZE
Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people than any other curable infectious disease, with nearly two million victims annually. The most widely used test, smear microscopy, is 125 years old and routinely misses half of all cases and, in many regions, takes too long to get results.
Concepts Under Consideration
Low-Cost Housing X PRIZE
More than one billion people worldwide lack adequate housing. The cost, speed, and technologies of home construction have not changed in centuries. This competition seeks to bring to market new approaches to construction that will re-invent housing, making it very robust to natural disaster, low-cost energy, sanitation, and broadband-enabled utilizing modern-day technologies. This competition will ultimately usher in a new paradigm of affordable, sustainable, and dignified housing.
Girls’ Education X PRIZE
Girls’ primary school graduation rates in many countries are as low as 10-30 percent. Literacy rates for female youth in many countries are only 25-50 percent.
Desalination X PRIZE
Nearly one billion people on Earth lack adequate access to safe drinking water and 1.5 million children die per year of water-borne diseases. In terms of supply, 97 percent of the Earth’s water is salt water and an additional two percent is tied up in polar ice caps, leaving less than one percent as accessible fresh water. Although approximately 70 percent of the world’s population lives on coastlines, readily available seawater cannot be converted to drinking water because current desalination technologies are expensive and energy-intensive. What if we had a breakthrough in desalination?
Micronutrients X PRIZE
A staggering two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiency, which is perhaps the most prevalent and the most addressable part of world hunger. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals (e.g., iodine, iron, vitamin A) that prevent brain damage and forestall disease. A group of Nobel-laureate economists ranked micronutrient interventions as the single most cost-effective way to combat global poverty.
Cookstoves X PRIZE
The humble cookstove is surprisingly the most mundane of killers. More than two billion people worldwide use biomass cookstoves, which can require hours to gather sticks and other fuel every day. Each year, nearly two million people, mostly women and children, die from carbon monoxide and other poisoning produced by incomplete combustion from these cookstoves.
African Entrepreneurship X PRIZE
There are countless talented potential entrepreneurs in Africa. However, the training and support for these entrepreneurs to build scalable businesses are lacking. Creating success stories and role models of entrepreneurs able to build new start-up companies that employ significant numbers of individuals will help eliminate poverty in African nations.
Democracy X PRIZE
In a world of ATMs and online banking that can provide reliable and secure records, blood is shed and nations are upended over the simple counting of votes in places ranging from Florida to Tunisia. The creation of an accurate, verifiable voting technology would be a crucial advancement in the promulgation and sustaining of democracy.
The goal of the Energy & Environment Prize Group is to generate breakthroughs in clean energy, climate change, energy distribution/storage, energy efficiency/use, and water resource management. Advances in these fields will lead to greater sustainability and efficiency, while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE
Awarded September 2010
The $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE was a global competition to inspire a new generation of viable, safe, affordable and super fuel efficient vehicles. The winning teams were the $5 million Mainstream winner, Edison2; $2.5 million Alternative class (tandem seating) winner, X-Tracer; and $2.5 million Alternative class (side-by-side seating) winner, Li-ion Motors. With our partners at Consumer Reports, we advanced the adoption of a new metric, MPGe (Miles per Gallon or gasoline equivalent energy), that offers consumers the ability to make a better comparison of the next generation vehicles using a variety of energy sources and fuels to the conventional cars they drive today. The U.S. Department of Energy was a major supporter of the competition because they believe in incentivizing innovation through competition to reshape the automotive industry. To learn more, click here.
This prize was made possible by a generous grant from Progressive Insurance.
Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE
Awarded October 2011
The $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE is a competition designed to inspire a new generation of innovative solutions that will speed the pace of cleaning up seawater surface oil resulting from spillage from ocean platforms, tankers, and other sources. This X CHALLENGE began on August 1, 2010 and culminates this summer with head-to-head competitive demonstrations. A $1 million prize will be awarded to the team that demonstrates the ability to recover oil on the sea surface at the highest Oil Recovery Rate (ORR) and the highest Oil Recovery Efficiency (ORE). To learn more, click here. This prize is made possible by a generous grant from Wendy Schmidt.
Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X PRIZE
A healthy ocean is essential to a healthy planet. But our oceans are currently in the midst of a silent crisis. Rising levels of carbon are causing quiet, but catastrophic, changes in our oceans’ chemistry, which can only lead to our waters becoming unsustainable for the coral reefs and sea life that we depend upon for our very own survival. Monitoring and understanding this troubling problem is critical to solving it, but pH sensory technology that can affordably, accurately, and efficiently measure at the deepest depths does not yet exist. The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X PRIZE will be a $1.5 million competition that challenges individuals and teams around the world to build and demonstrate advanced pH sensor technology that will allow us to stem the tide of this chemical imbalance, and return our oceans and sea life to a state of prolonged health.
Village Utility X PRIZE
Nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation. As a result, half of the world’s hospitalizations are due to drinking water contaminated with infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and radiological hazards. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), just one of those infectious agents - the bacteria that causes diarrhea - accounts for 4.1 percent of the global disease burden, killing 1.8 million children a year. There is a radical high tech solution to solve all this. There is more than one mega-joule per day of energy in human feces, which is enough energy to purify drinking water out of urine and organic waste, convert the remaining waste to ash, and even power a few lights and recharge your cell phone. The upside of this “Village Utility” is almost incalculable. For starters, removing human feces from the equation solves an enormous portion of the global disease burden (which also slows population growth). Doing so in a way that is distributed and net-positive for water and power makes this technology radically disruptive.
Tri-State Carbon X PRIZE
We recycle aluminum, glass, paper, plastic, and yard waste - why not carbon? As of now, no company has successfully commercialized a carbon utilization technology. Current funding has been focused on expensive carbon capture and sequestration, which treats carbon as a liability. A carbon capture and recycling competition challenges teams to create useful and valuable products from the coal plant effluent. The goal is to develop radical new technologies and products that make capturing CO2 from coal plants a profit center, not a liability.
Autonomous Auto X PRIZE
There are more than 1.2 million automotive-related deaths each year worldwide. Roughly 400,000 of these fatalities involve people under age 25. In 2002, traffic injuries were the third leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 9, behind pneumonia and AIDS. The financial cost of these accidents is more than $230 billion in the U.S. alone or approximately 8¢ per mile - more than the cost of gasoline for an efficient vehicle. An autonomous vehicle can dramatically increase automotive safety, reduce commuting time, and greatly reduce fuel consumption. Following DARPA’s successful “Grand Challenge” and “Urban Challenge,” this competition is focused on bringing this technology into the consumer marketplace and changing the paradigm about the safety of autonomous cars.
Plastics X PRIZE
Nearly 80 percent of the 450 billion pounds of plastic produced annually is not recycled. Instead, it is deposited into landfills or travels to the ocean, where it accumulates in a gyre of marine litter sometimes called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Marine plastic pollution is growing at a rate of 11 billion pounds each year. Plastic pollution also degrades slower in a marine environment because of the reduced exposure to UV rays and cooler temperatures. Mistaking plastic for food, marine life ingests this toxic material, which can then move through the food chain and can potentially harm humans. Oceanic plastic pollution also presents threats to coastal communities and the tourism, shipping, and fishing industries. Regulation, taxation, and banning of specific plastic products are not enough to further prevent plastic from entering the ocean or address the fact that marine plastic pollution will remain in our oceans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Concepts Under Consideration
Electric Aircraft X PRIZE
A new class of all-electric aircraft would help minimize our dependence on fossil fuels. The development of faster and more capable aircraft was initially incentivized annual races held during the 1920s and 1930s. The goal of this X PRIZE is to incent a new generation of fast, safe, long-endurance, electric aircraft that will reduce noise pollution and dependence on fossil fuels.
ePOD Home Energy Storage X PRIZE
Most utility companies are paid for the amount of power they sell and are provided little incentive for improvements in efficiency. A home-based energy storage system (i.e. an ePod) that is able to buy energy from grid when it is cheap (off-peak) and supply it for household needs when electricity is expensive can lower peak energy demand, lessen pollution, and increase access to renewable power generation. The device will also create greater resiliency to blackouts and brownouts.
Featherweight Solar & Wind Power X PRIZE
(1) Most solar photovoltaic improvements focus on incremental gains in panel efficiency, not materials or process improvements to reduce weight and therefore cost of production and installation. (2) Despite the availability of wind, less than two percent of total world power needs are currently met by power generated from wind turbines. Breakthroughs in ultra-lightweight wind turbines would mean reduced costs, increased production rates, and increased ease of installation.
Solar Pavement X PRIZE
Although pavement covers nearly three percent of the land area, it provides little benefit other than surface structure. A significant impact could be achieved if pavement also could produce power. The goal of the solar pavement competition is to turn blacktop surfaces into photovoltaic power generation sources.
1,000 Household Energy X PRIZE
The majority of energy today is used to heat and cool buildings, yet most people do not take the time to insulate their homes, seal their windows or even know if their homes need further insulation. Similarly, tremendous steps can be taken to reduce electricity consumption at the household level. There are countless improvements that could be made if consumers were sufficiently aware and incentivized.
Battery X PRIZE
The best batteries currently offer energy storage densities of 100s of Wh/kg, more than two orders of magnitude below that of liquid fuels. With breakthroughs in higher energy density, lightweight batteries will enable a revolution in electric aircraft, surface vehicles, and robotic applications.
Super Battery X PRIZE
High energy-density storage has the potential to revolutionize the electric car industry, enable electric aircraft, and have widespread application in mobile consumer electronics devices, such as phones and computers. The Super Battery X PRIZE is designed to improve energy density through an energy storage device that is 10 times better than present-day commercial batteries used in mobile applications.
Energy Scavenging X PRIZE
The Internet has made it possible to network a multitude of devices. However, challenges remain in finding affordable and convenient mechanisms to power small wireless electronic devices/sensors over long periods of time in remote locations (e.g. temperature sensors embedded in the walls of buildings). Fuel storage systems and traditional electrochemical batteries are limited by factors such as fuel supply, battery life, and weight. The ability to leverage small energy fluxes from temperature, pressure, vibration, light, and radio waves in the environment could hold promise for providing mobility, flexibility, and energy efficiency. The purpose of this prize is to bring about a new mechanism for powering countless small, remotely-located sensors over long periods of time from ambient power in the environment.
Sustainable Apparel X PRIZE
Throughout the lifecycle of an article of apparel, opportunities exist to reduce the human or environmental health impacts of the process. Because the apparel industry is so large and touches every inch of the globe, addressing any of the major sources of negative human or environmental externalities would be a win for human and environmental health. First, most fibers and fabrics used in apparel manufacturing have some associated negative environmental impacts. For example, nylon and polyester are made from petrochemicals and are non-biodegradable. Second, the manufacturing processes - going from fiber to cloth - also has large environmental impacts from a water and energy use and pollution standpoint. Dyeing alone can account for most of the water used in producing a garment with unfixed dye then often washing out of garments and, if untreated, polluting rivers and streams. Third, the environmental impacts do not stop at the manufacturing plant. Packaging and transportation have negative environmental impacts, as does the long term care of products, and the disposal of used apparel. A study conducted for the American Fiber Manufacturers Association showed that in the lifespan of a woman’s blouse - from production to use to disposal - approximately 80 percent of the total system energy is energy used for laundering the blouses.
Wireless Power Transmission X PRIZE
The goal of this prize is to create radical breakthroughs in wireless transmission technologies that will transform the way we collect and distribute energy, dramatically increase the availability of affordable carbon-free energy, and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Innovations in this area will expand the supply of clean energy, remove the need for land dedicated to traditional transmission lines, and positively impact global climate change.
======================================================X PRIZE Labs currently has teaching and research activities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Washington, and the University of Southern California. The labs provide a platform to educate university students and faculty around the emerging field of prize theory.
The goal of X PRIZE Labs is to engage the next generation of leading thinkers in recognizing areas that are ripe for breakthrough innovation. Interdisciplinary students explore the strengths of prize philanthropy with academic rigor, using the excitement of the X PRIZE model as an anchor for engaging them in the world’s biggest challenges.
Through the X PRIZE Labs, graduate students participate in a semester-long lab researching and dissecting the prize philanthropy model. The students produce concepts for new X PRIZE competitions in one of four prize groups: Education & Global Development; Energy & Environment; Exploration; and Life Sciences. At the end of the semester, students present their ideas to senior Foundation leadership and members of the X PRIZE Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Research ventures at the labs examine the role of prizes in corporate, philanthropic and government circles, and use competitions as a natural laboratory to study the processes of innovation.
Hear Dr. Peter Diamandis talk about the X PRIZE Lab @ MIT
The X PRIZE Lab @ MIT was founded in 2007. Since its inception, the lab has developed concepts for future X PRIZE competitions for Tuberculosis Diagnostics, Bionic X Legs, and Clean Aviation.
"The X PRIZE Lab @ MIT is unlike another other class on the planet. It allows, and encourages, you to throw convention out the window in pursuit of solutions to the grand challenges of the world."
- Justin Butler, Graduate Student MIT Sloan School of Management
The X PRIZE Lab @ USC was founded in 2010. The lab recently developed an X PRIZE competition to revolutionize solar power. Two teams of students developed competitions to efficiently deploy solar power in both small and large scales.
The X PRIZE Lab @ UW was founded in 2010. Their most recent lab was focused on water conservation. The goal of the lab was to develop a system which could address the many issues the United States with its water supplies, with focuses on water stressed areas such as the Southwest.
"The X PRIZE Lab @ UW has been an amazing opportunity to combine my creative inclinations with academic pursuits and environmental passions!"
-Chris LaRoche, Graduate Student UW Evans School of Public Affairs
Each year, the X PRIZE Foundation gathers with its Board of Trustees and thought leaders from around the world to discover, debate and brainstorm solutions to the world’s “Grand Challenges” through incentive prize competitions.
Visioneers Compete to Create the Next X PRIZE
These “Visioneers” convene with one audacious goal in mind: to design prize competitions that will bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Teams compete with one another to design and pitch innovative incentivized prize concepts across themes of Education, Energy & Environment, Exploration, Global Development, and Life Sciences in the hopes that theirs will become the next X PRIZE launched. The most recent Visioneering prize concept to be fully realized was the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE.
Congratulations to This Year’s Winner and Finalists
This year, the top 2012 prize concepts were presented at the Visioneering Results Dinner, in association with Barclays. Voting was lead by Ali Velshi and the winner was determined by the enthusiastic, foot-stomping applause of the crowd.
The final five:
Empowering the Unpowered (affordable, rural, on-demand energy)
Sydney By Lunch (high-speed, low-carbon travel from NY to Sydney in less than 2 hours)
Brain Dashboard (non-invasive, affordable brain health monitor)
Ed-u-Phone (achieving literacy on a mass scale, sustainably, by tapping into a universal desire for mobile technology)
Motion of the Ocean (portable, affordable desalination device powered by wave and tidal energy)
Ed-u-Phone took top honors, created by Eric Hirshberg, Anousheh Ansari, Lawrence Aldridge, Atul Jain, and Frank Sullivan.
Experience the Thrill of Visioneering
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