Aspire Magazine Issue 2 - Page 61

“THE END OF A COMPETITION DOES NOT MARK THE END OF ITS IMPACT . WE ACTIVELY FOSTER THE RESULTING TECHNOLOGY BY HELPING FACILITATE ITS DEVELOPMENT AND HARNESS IT AS A FORCE TO BENEFIT HUMANITY .” – DR. PETER DIAMANDIS, XPRIZE FOUNDATION FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN made it to the finals, proving that a big idea can come from anyone, anywhere. Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XChallenge (2006-2009) Manned lunar exploration used to be the purview of government agencies, but this $2 million competition, a public- private partnership between Northrop Grumman, NASA, and XPRIZE, proved that private industry could build, fly, launch, hover, and land spacecraft suitable for lunar exploration at a fraction of what the government spends. Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XChallenge (2010-2011) This competition was launched in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a way of inspiring innovative solutions aimed at speeding the pace of seawater surface oil recovery caused by industry spillage. The winning team was able to quadruple the current industry rate of surface oil recovery. NOKIA Sensing XChallenge (2012-2014) This $2.25 million global competition was created to accelerate BOARD OF DIRECTORS Anousheh Ansari Amir Ansari Jack Bader Dr. Peter Diamandis Founder & Executive Chairman Gil Elbaz Eric Esrailian, M.D., M.P.H. John Frank Salim Ismail James Manyika Gregg Maryniak Lauren Selig Jeffrey Shames Marcus Shingles Chief Executive Officer Barry Thompson Robert K. Weiss the development of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals could use to access, understand, and improve their health and well being. One of two grand prize winners included a nanochip that can analyze a drop of blood, saliva or other bodily fluid without the need of electricity or running water—making it ideal for use in developing countries. Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE (2012-2017) A $10 million global competition to bring healthcare to the palm of your hand in a portable, wireless device that can monitor and accurately diagnose 13 health conditions and capture five real-time vital signs in a way that combines a compelling user experience. Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE (2013-2015) Winning teams in this $2 million competition created breakthrough pH sensor technology that enables us to measure our ocean’s pH to gauge its overall health in a way that is both accurate and cost effective. BOARD OF TRUSTEES Eric Anderson Michael Boustridge James Cameron Richard Garriott de Cayeux Paresh Ghelani James N. Gianopulos Jack Hidary Eric Hirshberg Arianna Huffington Anu Jain Naveen Jain Dean Kamen Ray Kurzweil Erik Lindbergh Rob McEwen Diane Murphy Larry Page Lee Stein Ratan Tata Will Wright ASPIRE | ISSUE TWO 59