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The XPRIZE Visioneers 2017 - United States Summit

Are you an industry disruptor? A social advocate? A garage tinkerer? Design an XPRIZE competition and drive a world-changing breakthrough. Read Overview...
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Overview

 

Who are the XPRIZE® Visioneers?

XPRIZE is an innovation engine, a facilitator of exponential change, a catalyst for the benefit of humanity. 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 see if you have what it takes to become a Visioneer, and delve into the Grand Challenges that face our world.

The Visioneers of 2017 will form teams to tackle different Grand Challenges. Their objective? Help the world's top innovators deliver some of the most "impossible" breakthroughs. It's a tough job, indeed, but the rewards are enormous. Visioneers will be the driving force behind the next generation of prizes to help push humanity forward. And you were saying you wanted to do something meaningful? This is it.

 

Signs You Might Be Visioneer Material

  • You're compelled to make the world a better place. Duh.
  • You’re audacious -- some might call you obsessed -- with finding your path to making real impact.
  • You're an information junkie: constantly consuming the latest news and technology to help bring about the breakthroughs our world needs.
  • You connect the dots: not satisfied with simply comprehending the problem, you tend to see problems as unfilled opportunities. Always stumbling upon the subtle links between seemingly disparate subjects or situations, you can't resist dreaming up potential solutions.

 

The Challenge

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 must be eager to debate, learn, analyze, create, and work closely with other team members. You understand how to set audacious goals and possess the vision of a breakthrough for a currently unsolved problem.

Imagine being partnered with a team and tools to lend your vision and skills to the art of designing an XPRIZE competition -- that's exactly what we're doing for next class of Visioneers.

 

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The Challenge is open to all individuals, age 18 or older. Innovators must have unlimited work authorization in the United States or Canada for the entirety of 2017 but may originate from any country. All submissions must be made in English and 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.

In order to be eligible for an award, you must legally have the right to work in the United States or Canada. For instance, if you have a visa or a green card you are authorized to work in the US or Canada. All Visioneers must have prior work authorization as XPRIZE does not sponsor visas.

Not able to compete in the XPRIZE Visioneers US Summit? Sign up here to be notified of international opportunities if and when they arise.

You must be available to work full time (~ 35 hours per week) from April to October on a virtual team. Some Visioneers work regular full time jobs in addition to their participation on a Visioneers team. You and your team will work remotely and you do not need to be in LA during this time, with the exception of the four in-person events (Kick off and Bootcamp, Dry Run, Polish, Visioneers Summit). 

No. Submissions must be made in English. In addition, all challenge-related communication will be in English.

Be audacious. Share your proudest accomplishments and what makes you exceptional. We are selecting from a very 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 -- from new inventions to innovations, to ground-breaking research or viral activism, to your greatest impact on your community, your workplace, your school, or the world.

Submit early. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis and winners will be announced as they are selected.

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.

Prize Concept: Open the Prize Concept template. Download the document, complete it, and upload it as a .pdf file in your submission form.

Yes! The Prize Concept provides a template for you to develop your prize idea into something amazing. So, what makes a stellar Prize Concept

  • Title - Give your challenge idea a short, engaging name that describes the goal of the challenge.
  • Prize Amount - How much money do you think is necessary to incentivize breakthroughs?
  • Recommended Duration - How long should your challenge run for to allow innovators to craft their breakthroughs? Maybe it’s only five months, or maybe it’s five + years!
  • 30-Second Pitch - The pitch is a clear, concise description of the challenge. Anyone reading this sentence should have an instant understanding of what the challenge is about and what it takes to solve the challenge.
  • Guidelines - What needs to be done to win the challenge? The guidelines should provide clear, objective, and measurable goals.
  • Problem - What’s in the way of achieving your vision? Where the challenge is the solution, the problem statement is the motivation statement for what is “broken” or needs fixing with a challenge.
  • Value of the Breakthrough - Assuming the challenge is won, and a breakthrough is achieved, what changes?
  • Structure - Will your challenge have multiple phases? How long will your challenge be? Perhaps it’s an ideation challenge or there’s an elimination phase? Check out the CHIME National Patient ID Challenge, IGNITE, and the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize for three of the many ways to structure a challenge.

 

Yes. As soon as you begin completing your answers, the submission form will indicate the character limit and how much space you have remaining.

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). Your CV may not exceed 5 pages.

Remember, quality over 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. Please also be mindful of our character limits, which include spaces.

Any video submissions must first be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video sharing site. Copy the URL into the relevant field on the submission form. Double-check that all of your links are working and that they are set to Public.

Submissions must be received on or before March 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT. No late submissions will be accepted.

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.

Each XPRIZE Visioneer will receive competitive compensation based on their level of participation on their Visioneers team (between $20,000 to $50,0000 USD for six months). All reasonable expenses to the Visioneers Bootcamp, Dry Run and Polish events, and the XPRIZE Visioneers Summit will be covered by XPRIZE.

Beyond the monetary award, the greatest value you will receive is your inside view of creating an XPRIZE alongside some of the best impact design experts in the world. Your participation in the XPRIZE Visioneers Summit 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 XPRIZE's Spirit of Innovation.

Winners will be announced as they are selected. We encourage you to submit early as submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis.