Bennett Awards recently created two custom recognition awards for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. The goal of this incentivized contest was to create a real-world version of the Star Trek tricorder, a mobile medical diagnostic device weighing under 5 pounds and capable of diagnosing at least 13 different health conditions. The health conditions that were required to be included in this list of 13 were: Anemia, Atrial Fibrillation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Leukocytosis, Pneumonia, Otitis Media, Sleep Apnea and Urinary Tract Infection. Beyond that, the teams had to select three others, including “HIV Screen, Hypertension, Melanoma, Shingles and Strep Throat.
Founded in 1995, the XPRIZE Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates and manages highly leveraged, incentive-based prize competitions that push the limits of what’s possible to change the world for the better. 8 prize competitions have been completed, 8 are active, and another 13 are in development.
XPRIZE commissioned Bennett Awards to create a unique custom sculpture award for the winning Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE team. The award consisted of a trapezoid-shaped cast pewter base with sculpted engravings of the XPRIZE and Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE logos, along with information on the award and the winning award team. A crystal sphere was mounted on top of the base. Inside the sphere were 3D subsurface engravings of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and binary code that referenced XPRIZE.
The winning team for this competition was Pennsylvania-based Final Frontier Devices, led by Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and his brother George Harris, a network engineer. In addition to the custom sculpture award, Final Frontier Devices also won a $2.5 million cash prize.
Bennett Awards also created a second unique custom award for this competition: the XPRIZE Bold Epic Innovator award. This achievement award recognized exponential technical progress in the field of consumer-focused medical technologies, and the potential for expanding access to the healthcare when deployed at scale. For this award, Bennett Awards created a smaller trapezoidal cast pewter base topped with a crystal sphere that had a 3D subsurface engraving of the XPRIZE logo. The winning team for this award was Clould DX. In addition to the sculpture achievement award, they also received a $100,000 cash prize.
XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.