The XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge ($1M Total Prize)
Deadline: September 15, 2020
The XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge will aid in the fight against COVID-19 by enhancing an effective solution: face masks. The next generation of masks will redefine the norm of mask-wearing behaviour and help sustain crucial preventive health measures.
The $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional, accessible, and even stylish.
Masks are effective in slowing and preventing the spread of COVID-19, but not all of us have adopted this preventive measure. Some masks are ill-fitting, uncomfortable, not breathable, and the most effective masks are often unavailable or expensive.
We need an alternative—face masks that are readily accessible and affordable, functional for our everyday lives, fit a wide variety of wearers, and are effective in protecting the wearer and the community.
$1M Prize Purse
USD $500,000 Grand Prize
USD $500,000 split between two bonus prizes per judges discretion
The Next-Gen Mask Challenge teams will be composed of the next generation of innovators ages 15-24 from all around the world.
Masks will be judged on the following criteria:
● Must achieve filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask.
● Must address at least 5 of the 10 top reasons people do not wear masks, as
determined by an XPRIZE survey
● X-Factor of style that will promote positive mask-wearing behaviour.
● The XPRIZE Judging Panel will consist of subject matter experts for lab testing, as
well as a panel of cultural ambassadors to vote on the X-Factor
Too hot on my face
Fog my glasses
Difficult to breathe in
Difficult to have a conversation
Can’t exercise in them
They hurt my face / Don’t fit my face properly
Can’t eat or drink while wearing them
People can’t see my facial expressions
Difficult to acquire
HOW TO WIN
The winning team will design a face mask that achieves the filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask and overcomes the top five barriers to mask-wearing as defined by an XPRIZE-conducted survey.
Registering to create or join a team is one of the first steps you can take to help create a better future for all.