• Nick Ottens
    January 23, 2019

    The report from the Alzheimer's XPRIZE Design is now available online.

    The report identifies the Grand Challenges that explain the disease's resistance to a successful cure or treatment as well as the market and system failures that make Alzheimer's extremely challenging to diagnose until it has produced clinical symptoms, by which time no treatment or intervention can cure the patient.

    Despite this gloomy status quo, experts expressed optimism in our online community as well as interviews that analyzing and understanding health and lifestyle data gathered from thousands of people could be the answer to the Alzheimer's puzzle.

    Existing databases lack the desired depth and breadth of data that could provide the foundation to help multi-disciplinary researchers use emerging and cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, to achieve generalizable ground-breaking discoveries. Though efforts are underway to improve data harmonization, datasets remain in silos and are not sufficiently interoperable.

    Hence the need for an XPRIZE. Our hope is that leveraging big data, global partnerships, and some of the world's most talented innovators from diverse backgrounds, geographies, and approaches, could unlock treatments that allow millions of people to hold onto their most valuable of possessions: their memory and their dignity.

    Click here to download the report (PDF) and learn more.
    December 18, 2018

    To successfully launch and operate the Alzheimer's competition, the XPRIZE Foundation plans to cultivate five types of partners across four phases.

    The foundation envisions securing the following types of partners:

    • Recruitment partners: Individuals and organizations that help the XPRIZE Foundation get the word out about the competition and encourage teams to register. Recruitment partners will usually send XPRIZE-created content to their distribution lists and/or provide the foundation with access to their members/stakeholders.
    • Operational partners: Organizations that help execute the competition.
    • Resource partners: Individuals and organizations that provide useful resources, services, knowledge, or tools to all competing teams.
    • Outreach and educational partners: Individuals and organizations that conduct outreach campaigns to raise public awareness about the importance of Alzheimer’s Disease within the context of the Alzheimer’s XPRIZE.
    • Scaling impact partners: Individuals and organizations that make a monetary commitment to invest or provide advisory and incubation services to help finalists deploy their solution at scale in various markets.

    Partnerships would be cultivated across the four phases of the prize competition:

    Your Role

    In this activity, we are asking for your feedback on potential partnerships.


    • Which individuals and organizations could be partners during which phase?
    • What should we ask them for?
    • How could we incentivize them?
    • How and when should we approach them?

    Need help?

    If you have questions or need help, post them here or contact the community manager, Nick Ottens, via the community's messaging system or .
    December 14, 2018

    All XPRIZE competitions pursue audacious goals and therefore contain risks. We have identified seven potential risks, as well as relevant mitigation strategies, for the Alzheimer's XPRIZE, the goal of which will be to create a new, gold-standard Alzheimer's dataset.

    Your role

    We ask for your feedback and advice. Specifically:

    • Have we correctly assessed the level of risk?
    • Are the proposed mitigation strategies sound?

    If you believe a potential risk has been overlooked, click on the "Start a New Discussion" button to add one.

    Need help?

    If you have questions or need help, post them here or contact the community manager, Nick Ottens, via the community's messaging system or .
    November 20, 2018

    XPRIZE is currently writing The Future of Forests ImpactMap report. This document summarizes our research from the last four months, in which the community’s input, both here and at the Lab in Crested Butte, Colorado in October, has been invaluable.

    What is an ImpactMap?

    An ImpactMap provides a vision of potential futures and paths to achieving a preferred future state. It does so through scoping a set of grand challenges or universally recognized problem-sets within a domain or sector, in this case forestry. ImpactMaps are therefore composed of three parts:

    • Insight: Analyzing the present
    • Foresight: Identifying potential futures
    • Action: Devising breakthroughs to achieve a preferred future

    The ultimate goal of an ImpactMap is to identify the critical breakthroughs necessary to usher in a preferred future state within a domain. These breakthroughs then lead to the creation of the next potential XPRIZEs, moonshots, key transformations and initiatives, as well as the critical calls to actions that need to be fostered by a wide ecosystem of innovators, governments, industry partners, academics, scientists, social activists and entrepreneurs worldwide.

    The Future of Forests ImpactMap

    The Insight section opens with the trends – and in particular, negative trends influencing forests globally – the community stress-tested in August, ranging from increasing demand for wood products to insecure land rights. Members validated the trends, provided depth and context to them and suggested additional factors and relevant data.

    The next chapter is a “Landscape Analysis” that looks at what is currently being done around the world to remedy the impact of these trends. The Innovations in Forestry activity we ran in the community in late August and September was enormously helpful in providing insight into some of these remedies.

    For example, @Richard Batty's discussion highlighted the importance of lab-grown agricultural products. Input from @Ernesto Herrera, @Keith Reynolds and @David Strawn, among others, shed light on the significance of educating people about the value of forests. The information @Audrey Mayer provided on remote monitoring of forests formed a core part of this activity.

    The Foresight part of the report imagines four futures for forests, each informed by different trends and innovations (or lack thereof) in forestry.

    In the worst-case future, the world population has continued to grow, forests are being cut down to make way for agricultural land, air pollution has reached record levels and climate change is accelerated as a result.

    In the best-case future, humanity has managed to balance its needs and those of diverse species within a healthy ecosystem. Renewable energy is widely used. So are bio-friendly wood alternatives. Innovations in farming feed the world without the need to cut down more trees or degrade forests. Despite (or perhaps because of) continued urbanization, people have rediscovered the spiritual value of forests. Forests are appreciated for their intrinsic values, rather than as a source of commodities.

    The in-between scenarios — “business as usual” and “incremental change” — can be read as stepping stones to this transformational future, or as futures more likely to unfold if we don't take bold steps now.

    The final section of the report, Action, is currently being written. It is the part of the ImpactMap that identifies breakthroughs needed and calls for action to reach our preferred future of forests.

    What’s next?

    The report is due to be published in January.

    As we finalize the report, this is your last chance to affect the outcome of this ambitious project. We invite you to take a final look at evaluating the breakthroughs that will form the basis for potential XPRIZEs and other initiatives to create a better future for forests. We are particularly interested in understanding the challenges associated with each breakthrough and how audacious they are.
    November 1, 2018


    In the last four months, you have helped us identify dozens of challenges, trends and innovations in forestry. This has led XPRIZE to identify six areas for potential breakthroughs, with thirty breakthroughs in all, that could transform the future of forests.

    The next and final step is turning these breakthroughs into ideas for XPRIZEs.

    In January, XPRIZE will invite experts and XPRIZE enthusiasts from around the world to:

    • Suggest additional breakthroughs for the future of forests; and
    • Turn breakthroughs into prize ideas.

    Selected prize ideas can be refined further by XPRIZE and potentially launched as an XPRIZE competition.

    Perks for community members

    Members of the XPRIZE Community, powered by Floating Knowledge, get a head start on this competition and exclusive feedback on your prize designs, so you have a better chance of winning.

    The winning prize idea from this community will be awarded $2,500 and compete to become an XPRIZE.

    How to design an XPRIZE

    Watch XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis' videos to learn more about designing a prize competition.

    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

    Click here to see what a winning prize idea looks like.

    How the winners are chosen

    Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of three criteria:

    • Is this a great XPRIZE?
    • Will this prize make a tremendous impact?
    • Does this prize have a high likelihood to launch?

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