Sunday, January 21, 2007

New X Prize Foundation President

Spaceref reports that the new President of the X Prize Foundation will come from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Some of the papers linked on the right, such as the "Prizes for innovation in African agriculture" efforts, are in part attempts to convince large foundations like the Gates Foundation to support technology innovation prizes in areas like agriculture, biotechnology, and the environment. I haven't seen much evidence that this idea is gaining a lot of traction in those circles at this point, though.