Design Studio

Submit your idea to change the world


The XPRIZE Design Studio is an annual opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to share their vision for a potential prize competition at XPRIZE. It will run from March 20 – May 3, 2024.

To get started:

  1. Click the “TAKE THE COURSE” button and create a new account.
  2. Enter the XPRIZE Design Course. You can navigate through the course using the left-hand menu or links on the page.
  3. Watch the videos for parts 1 – 3 and take a short quiz after each. Passing a quiz unlocks the next module.
  4. Once you’ve passed all three quizzes, you will receive a certificate of completion and unlock the prize idea submission portal. You may submit your idea immediately or choose to digest the information you’ve learned and further plan out your concept before submitting.

The XPRIZE Design Course will take approximately 75 minutes to complete and can be exited at any time. Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas and address a specific need in one of five domains:

  1. Biodiversity & Conservation
  2. Climate & Energy
  3. Deep Tech & Quantum
  4. Health
  5. Learning & Society

Each submission will be carefully reviewed by the Foundation and weighed against the need for innovation in the chosen area. After submission, you will receive an email confirmation of your entry, and successful ideas will proceed to the next stop in the XPRIZE design process.



  • XPRIZE is an established global leader in designing, launching, and executing large scale competitions to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Launched in 1994 with the Ansari XPRIZE, we have launched 30 competitions in 30 years with more than half a billion dollars in cumulative prize purses. Our unique model democratizes innovation by incentivizing crowd-sourced, scientifically viable solutions to create a more equitable and abundant future for all.

  • An XPRIZE is a competition that pushes the limits of what is possible in order to change the world for the better. From start to finish, XPRIZE competitions act as avenues for bringing together the world’s brightest minds around a specific challenge facing humanity, with the aim of solving that problem. An XPRIZE competition isn’t about one winner, it’s about creating a multitude of solutions that will continue to live on well beyond the awarding of the prize. To learn more about our seven active competitions, including three with prize purses of more than $100 million, head to xprize.org/prizes.

  • As a participant, you will be asked to complete the XPRIZE Design Course, a series of video modules followed by short quizzes to assess your comprehension. Once you’ve successfully completed this 75-minute course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit your own idea for an XPRIZE competition by responding to a series of prompts, wherein you will describe how a competition can be leveraged to produce solutions for a challenge facing one of five domains – Biodiversity & Conservation, Climate & Energy, Deep Tech & Quantum, Health, or Learning & Society.

    Please note that only individuals, not pairs, groups, or teams, can submit ideas to the XPRIZE Design Studio.

  • Your idea will be evaluated to determine its validity as an XPRIZE competition (see evaluation criteria below). If your idea meets the criteria for an XPRIZE competition, then it may be used as the basis for a more in-depth competition design. Please carefully review terms and conditions on the submission page below.

    If your idea is selected to move forward, you will be notified by June 1, 2024.

  • Anyone who completes the XPRIZE Design Course and submits an idea will receive a certificate of completion signed by XPRIZE Founder & Executive Chairman Peter Diamandis and XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari. You will also receive a ticket to virtually attend XPRIZE’s signature summit, Visioneering, this October.

    If your idea is selected to move forward, the prize design process may include:

    • A virtual meet and greet with a domain expert
    • The possibility to participate in a more in-depth annual prize design discovery process
    • A free in-person ticket to Visioneering in 2025, where you will have the opportunity to engage with experts, industry leaders, and XPRIZE's ecosystem of leading CEOs, founders, and business leaders to deliberate on the most compelling competition ideas.

  • While you may collaborate with others on your incentive prize idea, only the person listed on the submission form will be designated as the submitter. Therefore, if your idea is ultimately selected, only that individual would be eligible to receive the benefits listed above.

  • Your idea will be evaluated by the following criteria:

    1. IS THERE A NEED?: Is there a clear need for this competition? Is the field stuck, or not moving fast enough? Is there a market failure such that the normal forces of capitalism will not solve the problem? Will this prize competition address the underlying market failure?
    2. ARE THE PRIZE RULES CLEAR & MEASURABLE?: Does the competition design make it crystal clear what a team needs to do to win the prize? Will it be clear to the public what a team has achieved if/when they are deemed the winner? Are objectives clearly expressed in measurable terms?
    3. IS THE PRIZE AUDACIOUS & ACHIEVABLE?: Is your goal bold, visionary, emotionally-charged, inspirational… but still achievable? Can you “dial” the competition parameters to make it audacious but achievable?
    4. IS THERE A COMPELLING FINISH?: Does that prize have a compelling finish that will attract the global media (and public) and help change the paradigm of what is possible?
    5. IS THERE A BUSINESS MODEL?: After the competition is over, will the teams be inspired to create a business with their technology? Is there market demand after the prize is won which will accelerate the intended revolutionary change that you desire?