Everyone loves healthy competition. For many, nothing beats the high of being declared a winner — except, maybe, the high of giving back.
For those craving competitive thrill and the chance to make the world a better place, check out the X PRIZE Foundation. The educational nonprofit’s mission is to make the impossible possible, one prize at a time.
The X PRIZE tagline is “Revolution through competition” – since humans are hardwired to compete, it’s only natural to use that drive to push capabilities beyond limits. Think about it: 100 years ago, people would never believe a transatlantic aircraft flight could happen. But in 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the impossible possible — all because of the $25,000 Orteig Prize.
The U.S. based X Prize organization’s first competition was in 1996 and called for the first private team to build a spaceship. Teams from around the world worked towards the goal … and the $10 million prize. However, the initiative inspired not just competition, but created businesses and industries that are worth more than the original incentive — thanks to the human drive. Today, groups are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, which aims to reach the moon with a new generation of low-cost robots.
If you’re innovative and want to help create a better future, look into the X PRIZE Foundation. Somewhere in the world, someone will have the solution.
Maybe you will be one of the ones that make the impossible … possible.
- $30 Million Private Moon Race Gets New Chief (space.com)
- Race to the Moon Heats Up for Private Firms (stevebeckow.com)
- Fly me to the moon (theage.com.au)
- CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to Deliver Opening Keynote Address at PRSA 2011 International Conference (prnewswire.mediaroom.com)
- X-Prize director describes incentive prizes in an interview with Sander Olson (nextbigfuture.com)
- Isle of Man Space Company Gears up for the Google Lunar X Prize Team Summit (prweb.com)