DailyDirt: Challenges For Fun And (Non-)Profit
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Solving really tough problems is a more collaborative process than it used to be. Luckily, it’s getting easier for a wide variety of people to come together and work on these difficult challenges. Here are a few prizes looking for creative people to produce some really cool solutions.
- The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is looking for folks working on humanity’s most pressing problems. Fuller had a pretty lofty goal “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.” [url]
- There’s a $10 million prize for the Tricorder X PRIZE — which is looking for a mobile medical device that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians. It also needs to make a cool “whoo whoo” sound when it wave it over people. [url]
- NASA has several Centennial Challenges that are still active — looking for solutions to various problems like green aviation, super-strong tethers, interplanetary robots to return samples and more. Space elevators, FTW. [url]
- To find some other online challenges and games, check out what StumbleUpon has found to play. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
Filed Under: buckminster fuller, challenge, contest, open innovation, problems, solutions, tricorder
Companies: nasa, x prize
Comments on “DailyDirt: Challenges For Fun And (Non-)Profit”
“to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous combustion.”
There, fixed that.
Fuller Was An Amazing Guy
I saw a TV doco on him when I were a lad. He could never finish a sentence before starting the next one; it was like his brain was always way ahead of his mouth.
They can make the prize for a working tricorder 100 million, Won’t matter. Any successful attempt with be sued into oblivion for patent infringement by the Roddenberry estate.
nice… but it’s trademark infringement — unless Roddenberry actually got a patent on a tricorder! 😛
BTW from the article:
Eugene Wesley “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., son of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, commented, “it is great to see two amazing organizations – the X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm – bring the technology of Star Trek to life and make the Tricorder a reality for people everywhere.”