The Buckminster Fuller Challenge
Annual, jury-awarded $100,000 prize for “a bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance.… Solution must be part of an integrated strategy dealing with key social, economic, environmental, and cultural issues.” Inspiring website.
Biennial presentation of the world’s largest award for design, a 500,000-euro purse divided evenly among winners in five categories: body, home, work, play, and community. A global competition sponsored by the country of Denmark.
X Prize Foundation
The X Prize Foundation is generating innovative breakthroughs in new and exciting areas and plans to launch ten new prizes over the next five years with a combined purse of approximately $100 million. Prize areas are Energy and Environment, Exploration, Education and Global Development, and Life Sciences.
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