About Prizes & Challenges

By delivering truly radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, XPRIZE solves some of the world’s greatest challenges.

We believe that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and other innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form teams and compete to win the prize. Rather than throw money at a problem, we incentivize finding solutions and challenge the world to do it.

The incentive prize contest has existed for centuries. From the inception of the Longitude prize in 1714, through the Orteig prize that compelled Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic, prizes have ignited passions and brought about breakthroughs that no one thought possible.

XPRIZE revolutionized the private space industry with the $10M Ansari XPRIZE. The winning technologies from that competition were acquired by companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.

Since then, XPRIZE has launched an additional $200M in prize competitions to incentivize innovation in everything from artificial meat to literacy to ocean discovery.

Each of our prizes has created an industry-changing technology that brings us closer to a better, safer, and more sustainable world.