DailyDirt: Many Hands Make Light Work… Prove It For $1M?
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
There are plenty of prizes to solve hard problems — million dollar rewards for Millennium Prize Problems, etc. But there are also plenty of other problems (some with bigger prizes) that don’t get as much attention. Also, it’s not so easy to determine the winners sometimes. In any case, here are a few quick examples:
Got an algorithm for predicting when people are going to need to be admitted to the hospital? There’s a prize for that. A cool $3M for this “Netflix-Prize” wannabe. [url] The US DoE is offering $30M for research that could replace gas and diesel with advanced biofuels. The catch is you have to do it without changing existing vehicle or fueling infrastructure. [url] If you had an idea to stop the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there was a contest to collect ideas. It was mostly a publicity stunt, though, since BP was already accepting suggestions from anyone at the time. The IP rights of the submitted suggestions is a bit concerning, too. [url] Google eventually gave away $10M for its Project 10^100 challenge. But it wasn’t easy to pick the winners. [url] There’s still time to enter a video contest for explaining science to a high school audience. The winner gets a nice camera… which is kind of a weird prize for a contest that requires a camera to enter. [url]