Meet the Judges of the Next-Gen Mask Challenge

Dec 09 2020

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XPRIZE is excited to announce the ten seats of the Finals Judging Panel of the XPRIZE $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge. Representing expertise in apparel and fashion, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, retail and business, and medicine, this diverse panel of industry professionals and executives will come together to deliberate and ultimately determine the Grand Prize Winner and Two Runner Up teams in the million dollar mask challenge. 

On December 15th, tune in to watch the Top 5 Finalists deliver 60-second pitches to the Judging Panel at XPRIZE Presents: The Million Dollar Mask - a live stream event where we’ll announce the winners of the million dollar mask challenge! Watch at

    To determine the Grand Prize WInner and two Category Winners, Judges will evaluate the team designs and consider the following criteria:
  • X-Factor 
  • Most Wearable
  • Best for Large-Scale Adoption
  • Most Manufacturable at Low Cost
  • Accessibility
  • Functionality 

Meet the Judges

Brian Hovey
Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Excellence, Honeywell

Denise Rutherford
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, 3M

Garrett Gerson
CEO, Calamigos Ranch & Founder, Variant

Ashish Diwanji
President, Lydall Performance Materials

June Ambrose
Creative Director, Author, Costume Designer, Celebrity Stylist, #Rockmom and Social Media Maven

Summer Chamblin
Gen Z Entrepreneur and Content Creator, Daughter of June Ambrose

Heather Hughes
Group Vice President, General Merchandise Manager Seasonal, General  Merch, and Photo, Walgreens

Suzanne DiBianca
Chief Impact Officer, Salesforce

Erik Viirre M.D. Ph.D.
Professor, UCSD Department of Neurosciences, Director, Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination

Professor Kimberly Prather, Ph.D.
Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UCSD

Stay tuned! XPRIZE Presents: The Million Dollar Mask will be streamed live on December 15 @ 12pm PT on