July 13th, 2020
September 15, 2020
No, there is no Registration Fee required.
We encourage you to update your team and user profiles on the Prize Operations Platform (POP) to share more information about yourself with other teams and with XPRIZE.
Your team should now begin working on all the required components of the Qualifying Submission, which is the first judged portion of the challenge and is due on September 15, 2020. You can review the Qualifying Submission instructions document in POP Resources to be sure your team is on track with all required components of the Qualifying Submission.
The XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge is a $1 million (USD) challenge that aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The next generation of masks will redefine the norm of mask-wearing behavior and help sustain crucial preventive health measures.
The Next-Gen Mask Challenge will take place over the course of approximately 4 months. Qualifying Teams are scheduled to be announced in September 2020, and mask testing is expected to take place in October 2020. The winning Teams are currently scheduled to be announced in November 2020.
A detailed timeline of the challenge can be found in the challenge Guidelines and the Rules & Regulations.
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.
Teams competing in an XPRIZE competition can come from anywhere. For the Next-Gen Mask Challenge, XPRIZE is seeking teams composed of one or more individuals who are between 15 years and 24 years of age on October 22nd, 2020.
You can follow the challenge at xprize.org/mask. Whether you just want to learn more and amplify the reach and impact of this challenge or want to directly support teams with resources and expertise, there is an opportunity to participate without competing. Also, join the XPRIZE community at community.xprize.org.
The winning team will design a face mask that overcomes at least 5 of the 10 top barriers to mask-wearing as defined by an XPRIZE-conducted survey. The winning mask design must also effectively meet the filtration requirements equivalent to a surgical mask.
Competing teams will retain the rights to their designs and technology.
There will be $1 million (USD) in total prize purses available.
There will be a Grand Prize Purse in the amount of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand USD) awarded to one team.
Two additional teams will split $500,000 (USD) in categories determined by the Judging Panel.