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Affordable Housing

THE VISIONEERS 2016 SUMMIT HAS CONCLUDED. WE APPLAUD ALL OF THE 2016 VISIONEERS TEAMS FOR PRESENTING VIABLE, POTENTIAL XPRIZE CONCEPTS.

ENSURING EVERYONE HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO ACCEPTABLE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Affordable Housing XPRIZE focuses on a fundamental aspect of Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs – the need for safe, affordable, and desirable housing. Housing is one of our most basic human needs, yet due to rapidly increasing urbanization, it is in alarmingly short supply in our very own neighborhoods, our nations, and throughout the world.

The Affordable Housing Visioneers Team seeks to spark exponential leaps in construction technologies, speed and safety – ultimately decreasing both the time and cost it takes to make affordable housing available. The time to act is now. Information-enabled technologies are ripe to revolutionize the construction industry and solve this affordability crisis, creating meaningful change worldwide.

“We are designing a challenge to spark an exponential leap in construction cost, speed, and safety. This prize seeks to expedite and inspire the development of information enabled technologies to address the affordable housing crisis now.”

- TEAM AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing. Access to affordable and secure housing enables a healthier society; a lack thereof leaves individuals vulnerable and ultimately limits access to other necessities for healthy living such as healthcare and education.

The housing crisis, while affected by many factors, stems also from a lack of innovation in the construction industry over the past 250 years. It is no surprise, therefore, that global housing supply continues to fall depressingly short of demand, resulting in an ever-growing global deficit of 300 million housing units. As a result, 23 percent of earth's inhabitants lack affordable and secure housing. Within 15 years, it is estimated this percentage will rise to 40 percent of the total world population.

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Prize Sponsor

Bosa Properties is one of Canada’s most respected privately-owned companies, with over five decades of experience in development, contracting, and asset-management. With an uncompromising commitment to quality construction and innovative design, the wholly-integrated, family-run company boasts an extensive portfolio of residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use urban properties.

Working alongside Leonard Brody, award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author, and media visionary – Bosa Properties is constantly looking for ways to innovate and evolve the housing industry, from the ground up.

The partnership chose to sponsor XPRIZE because they see it as the best-in-class solution for helping to solve one of the most monumental problems of our time. By leveraging the power of crowdsourcing, they are confident that the XPRIZE platform will help to provide a solution and an answer to our world's affordable housing crisis.

Locher Grove

Locher Grove
Prize Developer

Locher is inspired to find beautiful, designed solutions to today’s biggest public policy problems. He was only recently exposed to the severity of the affordable housing crisis, but he is hopeful that with quick, targeted action directed at spurring innovation in the construction industry, millions of people will gain access to housing. Achieving his Masters in Public Policy and working for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget helped develop Locher’s analytical skills which will help him address the deficiencies in the housing marketplace. Locher is honored and ecstatic to help spark real, impactful change through the formulation of an XPRIZE that will solve the affordable housing crisis.

Masters, Public Policy, and BA Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

Leticia Prados

Leticia Prados
Prize Developer

A passionate innovator and entrepreneur at heart, Leticia aims to understand and implement sound solutions for change and improvements to the societal issues we face. Having worked as a lawyer and consultant with social entrepreneurs, big corporations and non-profits, she firmly believes that evolution can be sustainably achieved through the full use of human potential and technology-based enhancements. She plans to educate on the pressing need to integrate science, global issues, ethics and governance as the only way for a conscious and evolutionary way of living, individually and collectively. Leticia is thrilled to team up with the XPRIZE Visioneers Summit to advance solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

Masters, European & International Politics, King’s College, London
Degrees in Law and Politics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Matan Berkowitz
Creative Director

Roopa Dandamudi
SPOCK

Yoel Feldman
Digital Media Consultant

Tal Harel
Architect

Marielle Larson
XPRIZE Fellow