What are X Prizes?


X Prizes are large-scale, incentive competition initiatives designed to solve significant global challenges and catalyze industry innovation. Originally inspired by historical challenges like Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic, these prizes mobilize global talent irrespective of background, focusing purely on outcomes.

The concept, championed by the XPRIZE Foundation, invites teams worldwide to accomplish formidable tasks, with a substantial monetary reward for the winner. Notable examples include the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight and competitions aimed at breakthroughs in areas like genomics, lunar exploration, and clean technology.

The XPRIZE initiatives are renowned for their ability to drive significant research and development investment, often multiple times the prize amount, by leveraging the competitive spirit and the lure of a financial reward 1 2.

Leveraging Prizes

Jonathan discusses the power of prize philanthropy and how it can be used to drive innovation and accelerate progress in solving global problems like poverty.

On Being with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Jonathan Greenblatt with Krista Tippett