What do Tom Hanks, Elon Musk, and Pharrell Williams have in common?
They're all supporters of XPRIZE.
XPRIZE competitions are known for challenging teams to solve some of the world's most pressing problems, with the belief that breakthroughs can be achieved by leveraging the power of both collaboration and competition.
We are joining the mission by supporting teams in the design phase of the competition by offering Onshape Professional licenses to every team.
XPRIZE teams will use Onshape’s cloud-native product design platform (which includes CAD & built-in PDM) to accelerate innovation and collaboration between their engineers around the globe and iterate on their ideas rapidly.
What is XPRIZE?
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XPRIZE is a nonprofit organization that designs global competitions to accelerate technological advancements in various fields. Each challenge typically lasts several years and has an associated multimillion-dollar prize fund.
In these competitions, teams from all over the world are challenged to invent breakthrough solutions in a variety of domains, including biodiversity and conservation, climate and energy, deep tech and quantum, food and water waste, and more.
Since its inception in 1994, the XPRIZE Foundation has launched 25 prizes, with over $269 million in cumulative prize funds, and over 1 million supporters worldwide.
Taking on the Wildfire Crisis
The organization has recently launched its next competition, XPRIZE Wildfire. This next challenge is a four-year global competition that will award $11 million in prizes to competing teams.
The main focus of this competition is to develop technologies that rapidly detect and suppress dangerous wildfires, and teams will have the option to compete in two tracks:
The Space-Based Wildfire Detection and Intelligence track focuses on technology that will rapidly and accurately detect all fires across a vast and remote area and transmit data to ground stations, which is the greatest barrier to how we currently fight fires.
The Autonomous Wildfire Response track centers on innovations that will manage and fight a destructive, high-risk fire by rapidly and autonomously detecting and suppressing it with dramatically greater speed, accuracy, and precision than current solutions.
Registration is now open for teams to compete and transform the field of wildfire management.