Wednesday, May 23, 2012

X PRIZE Foundation Roundup: GLXP at GLEX, MoonBots 2012, Visioneering, Fighting Poverty, Lyme Diagnostics Tool

The X PRIZE Foundation has been quite active lately in the field of space prizes and other fields:

Tiptoeing back to the Moon - Jeff Foust at The Space Review gives an update on the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition.  Here is something to look forward to over the next few days:

The competition will be back in the spotlight somewhat this week with a joint NASA/GLXP announcement scheduled for Thursday morning during the Global Space Exploration (GLEX) conference in Washington, DC. The International Space Development Conference (ISDC), immediately following the GLEX conference in Washington, will also feature presentations about the competition.

According to Global Space Exploration Conference in Washington DC (from SpaceRef), the announcement schedule is

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: NASA and Google Lunar X Prize Announcement, Grand Ballroom

Check the link for the times for the other Google Lunar X PRIZE activity at the GLEX conference, too.

MoonBots 2012 is Officially Open for Registration! - Leo Camacho at the Staff Blog

Engagement + Innovation = Visioneering 2012 - Peter Diamandis

Robin Hood Joins X PRIZE Foundation to Battle Poverty Worldwide - X PRIZE Foundation:

By engaging entrepreneurs and thought leaders from around the world in a series of global incentivized competitions, the two organizations aim to discover effective solutions to some of the most crippling aspects of poverty.  These competitions will be the first of their kind designed specifically to battle poverty the world over. By offering a substantial prize and soliciting crowd-sourced solutions from around the globe, Robin Hood and X PRIZE hope to identify new approaches to battling poverty that can be put to the test via pilot programs in New York City.

Robin Hood Raises $57 Million to Fight Poverty in New York City: Announces Partnership with X PRIZE Foundation to Fund Global Poverty Solutions - X PRIZE Foundation press release:

By offering a substantial prize of at least $1 million and soliciting crowd-sourced solutions from teams and individuals around the globe, Robin Hood and the X PRIZE Foundation hope to identify effective new approaches to fighting poverty that can be put to the test via X PRIZEs in New York City with clear, measurable goals. ... In addition to the $19 million raised to fund the Robin Hood X PRIZE, Robin Hood also raised more than $38 million to fund its day-to-day poverty-fighting programs throughout New York City.

Tick-Borne Disease Alliance and X PRIZE Foundation Create “TBDA Diagnostic X PRIZE” Global Competition to Develop Fail-Safe Diagnostic Tool for Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases - X PRIZE Foundation press release

From X PRIZE Foundation on Facebook:

We’re ramping up for another groundbreaking Life Sciences competition – this one is all about digital healthcare. We’ll be unveiling it on Thursday, May 24 at 9:40 a.m. PT. Tune in to a live webcast right here!