FAQ

  • Registration officially opened on June 22, 2020.

  • To encourage a broad and diverse competitor pool and reduce barriers to participation, the Team Registration Fee has been waived for teams that register by the Early Registration Deadline. Teams that register on or before 18:59:59 UTC on September 30, 2020 (Early Registration Deadline) will be required to complete a Team Application Form to provide XPRIZE with detailed information about the team and about its plans for this competition.

    Teams that register after the Early Registration Deadline date and up until 18:59:59 UTC November 20, 2020 (Regular Registration Deadline) will be required to pay a Team Registration fee of $250 USD in addition to completing the Team Application Form. XPRIZE has sole discretion to register and qualify additional teams between November 20, 2020 and Q1 2021 (Discretionary Late Registration). Teams that register during this period must meet all the initial requirements and pay the Team Registration Fee of $250 USD.

  • Competing in an XPRIZE is an exciting journey that often requires a commitment of time, expertise, and resources. Registration fees are required as a simple qualifier to ensure competitors will be able to obtain the appropriate resources to fully compete. All fees collected are used to support competing teams throughout the competition.

  • 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. Complete all other open registration activities listed on your team page on POP to be sure your team is on track with all required submission steps.

  • This competition is structured into three rounds over 30 months. Following the field testing portions of the competition, additional time and resources will be committed to exponential scaling of XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling solutions.

  • Teams can come from anyone, anywhere. They are often startups, university groups, high school students, small to midsize companies, or families or even individuals. They can come from scientific and/or technical disciplines including but not limited to robotics, VR, AI, biodiversity, ecology, remote sensing, or big data. We believe a good idea can come from anyone!

    Please note that while we welcome teams from all over the world, all testing will take place in the United States.

  • Follow the competition at rapidreskilling.xprize.org.

    We welcome partners throughout all phases of the competition, whether you want to help recruit teams, support team success, secure an XPRIZE speaker or expert for your event, help scale winning solutions, or assist with testing operations. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

  • The Winning Team will:

    Rapidly train 500 people in 60 days or less
    Place the 500 trainees into jobs within 60 days and support them in retaining those jobs for at least 90 days
    Scale-up their solution to train and support 5,000 people into gainful employment within 10 months across at least three industries.

  • A $1.5M Grand Prize will be awarded to the most innovative and practical solution that offers an unprecedented pace of training, limits cost barriers on disinvested workers, and helps individuals in this current economic crisis and beyond. The Second and Third Place teams will share a prize purse of $500,000, allocated according to Judging Panel Discretion.

    Following the recruitment phase, XPRIZE judges will assess all entries to select the top 15 teams, with the group evenly splitting $1.5M for $100,000 each to conclude Round 1. The judging criteria include an evaluation of an entry’s vision, business plan, occupation landscape analysis, training method strategy, worker engagement and support plans, and more.

    A Round 2 Milestone will be awarded to the top five teams, with the group evenly splitting $1.5M for $300,000 each. The judging criteria for Round 2 will be similar to Round 1, but will evaluate the team's field testing data (see Competition Guidelines for details).

    Total Prize Purse: $5 million
    Round 3 (Grand Prize): $1.5 million
    Round 3 (Runner Up Awards): $500,000 (split between 2 teams)
    Round 2 Semifinals Prize: $1.5 million (split between top 5 teams)
    Round 1 Milestone Prize: $1.5 million (split between top 15 teams)