The Next-Gen Mask Challenge aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional, accessible, and even stylish.
Application Deadline: 15th September 2020
About the Award: The XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge will aid in the fight against COVID-19 by enhancing an effective solution: face masks. The next generation of masks will redefine the norm of mask-wearing behavior and help sustain crucial preventive health measures.
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.
Design: For the Next-Gen Mask Challenge, participants will have to design a facial covering that, among other things, achieves filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask; addresses at least five of the top 10 reasons people do not wear a mask (as defined by XPRIZE); and has an “X-factor” of style that will promote positive mask-wearing behavior. In a survey, XPRIZE found that the top reasons people don’t wear masks include: fogging of glasses, get too hot, are uncomfortable, cause breathing difficulties, make conversations challenging, can’t exercise while wearing, cause pain or don’t fit properly, block facial expressions, can’t eat or drink, aren’t eco-friendly, are ugly or boring, and are difficult to acquire.
Eligibility: The Next-Gen Mask Challenge teams will be composed of the next generation of innovators ages 15-24.
Eligible Countries: Any
Number of Awards: 3
Value of Award:
- The selected three teams will split a one-million-dollar prize purse.
- The selected three teams will be connected to rapid manufacturing opportunities in the U.S. to accelerate the production of their reimagined facial masks.
How to Apply:
- Fill the Application Form
- Create a 1-2 minute video summarizing the design and description of the mask
- Recommendation letter/Reference Letter: One letter of support from a high school principal, tenured university professor or administrator, or CEO of relevant organization submitted on official letterhead