About This Prize

COVID-19 will have massive economic ramifications. In the United States alone, 20+ million jobs have been lost in just two months.

But some occupations are, or probably will be, in higher demand: health-care and elderly-care work, teaching (especially online), sanitation.

Our prize designers and sponsors are adapting the idea of a Workforce Prize to:

  • Provide an affordable, customizable, and scalable learning tool;
  • Help vulnerable populations learn new occupational skills and find work;
  • Assist individuals to rapidly enter new, emerging fields; and
  • Place low/underpaid individuals into more gainful positions.

Incorporating elements from other ideas for prize competitions, the winning team in this prize will:

  • Rapidly train 500 low-skill, low-education individuals at no entry cost to the individual. The team will achieve at least a 50% reduction in standard training time for the chosen occupation. Training must be conducted in 60 days or less. The occupation must be one that provides a living wage and is growing faster than the national average.
  • Place as many as possible of its cohort into jobs in the chosen occupation within the following 60 days.
  • Support the workers to ensure job retention of at least 90 days.
  • Demonstrate exponential adoption by deploying the training solutions for two other occupations in different industries, and placing 5,000 individuals into relevant jobs (same conditions for occupations, individuals and training time) in 10 months.

Please share your feedback on the overall prize idea here, or answer our specific questions in the discussion sub-category.

More on the expected job losses:

The latest version of our prize design would challenge competing teams to recruit and train at least 1,000 workers in a given profession, cut the usual training time for those professions in half, and place trained workers in a job for at least 100 days.

We’d like to hear from you:

  • [Is the 1,000 trainees goal audacious enough, too audacious, or just right?](https://community.xprize.org/discussion/comment/3505/#Comment_3505)
  • [Should competing teams be able to screen out candidates for their programs based on parameters such as educational attainment and income?](https://community.xprize.org/discussion/722/screening-candidates-for-upskilling)

Please also feel free to share other feedback here.

I think each industry predicts the group size, due to hi to lo technology learning curve.

SELFdXb is a Thoracolumbar Fascia research entity in Los Angeles. They uncovered the medical mystery of healing low backpain issues, Sciatica symptoms, subluxation, can heal to prevent spine surgery by remodeling the Fascia toward homeostasis. Nothing to eat, drink, or swallow. The spine is trained for optimum rigidity flex mobility. The client maintains spine health in homeostasis for lifespan.

They train people in pain, which can take 18 to 36months and cost $19k. But, average healthy, non obese or challenged individual can train in 3months. Athletes and people who are physically active will train the best and in least amount of time. 100 people would not suffice, but 1000 people is probable with online teaching and live online demos, instruction, Q&A, plus 1on1 as necessary. SELFdXb would dedicate the year to training and teaching 1000 able people a new skill, a remodeled TLF for spine health 24/7, and a career with integrity towards progress by training & healing more people.

Some will Master the program to begin teaching and training others as a career in Complementary and Integrative Health industry.
They wil be hired at Yoga studios to Therapy studios. Online self promotion and SELFdXb referrals will be postive ROI. Successful people will move to any part of the World to begin their journey of healing. Perhaps a homeless person in California, will gain the skills, confidence and courage to return to home State and heal thier county?

dXb modality is a registered servicemark in US and Int’l via WIPO Madrid Protocol.

With more discussion, SELFdXb may accept the challenge if presented.

SELFdXb is prepared to explain and demonsatrate the facts in a 2 hour QandA in Los Angeles County.

SELFdXb is 20years beyond current NIH funded science and knowledge in healing low back pain issues. NIH funded science and Fascia knowledge from around the World is utilized to explain some bioscience, but the end result and human benefit are from original intellectual property protocol and dose discovered by SELFdXb 2008-2019.

First in Human, One in Seven Billion.

How do we proceed?

Thank you for all your feedback as we continue to develop this prize design!

Our latest thinking is to challenge teams in this competition to develop and deploy a scalable training, job placement, and retention solution to:

  • Train 500 workers in 30 days for an occupation that provides a living wage and is growing faster than the national average.
  • Place those 500 workers into new occupations with 60 days.
  • Retain those workers in their new jobs for at least 90 days.

Please let us know:

  • [Is training 500 workers enough for teams to prove their solution is scalable?](https://community.xprize.org/discussion/705/what-should-the-cohort-size-be)
  • [What are the barriers to rapidly upskilling workers?](https://community.xprize.org/discussion/706/barriers-to-rapidly-upskilling-workers)

I think training 500 workers is a good place to start to test the scalability. The challenge really is the <$100/- price point around this effort. Still need to see what are the jobs that they will be trained for. Especially in COVID situation, if the training is more around training in work from home jobs, then there is cost of technology infrastructure that will add up.

Thank you for your feedback @ramdhanyk

What kinds of tech costs do you recommend we keep in mind? Are you referring to devices like VR headsets? Thanks!

I am thinking about the cost of a computers/laptops, good internet connection and any cloud infrastructure that is required to provide the learning. VR headsets could be part of the consideration depending on the training needs.

I’ve updated the opening post. We’ve landed on the following challenge for teams competing in this prize:

  • **Rapidly train** 500 low-skill, low-education individuals at no entry cost to the individual. The team will achieve at least a 50% reduction in standard training time for the chosen occupation. Training must be conducted in 60 days or less. The occupation must be one that provides a living wage and is growing faster than the national average.
  • **Place** as many as possible of its cohort into jobs in the chosen occupation within the following 60 days.
  • **Support** the workers to ensure job retention of at least 90 days.
  • **Demonstrate exponential adoption** by deploying the training solutions for two other occupations in different industries, and placing 5,000 individuals into relevant jobs (same conditions for occupations, individuals and training time) in 10 months.

Thank you all for your feedback, which helped us arrive at these figures and conditions!