Competition drives humanity forward & XPRIZE is the engine powering us to do so. This nonprofit is building a "highly leveraged, incentivized prize competition that pushes the limits of what's possible to change the world for the better."
Here's how it works. To be a part of the competition, all you have to do is come up with a problem currently thought to be unsolvable, with no evidence that it been conquered yet & target one of their five market failure areas to create a path towards solving it. Then build a small team & aim to bring radical breakthroughs to humanity. No big deal.
Active prizes currently include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE to land a privately funded rover on the Moon; the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE to empower children to take control of their own learning; the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE to usher in a new era of ocean exploration & more. They have also funded projects in the past that are focused on suborbital spaceflight, developing sensing technologies giving you more control of your health & removing crude old clean up from the ocean's surface & others.
Last year, they teamed up with IBM to create an A.I. competition inviting "teams from around the globe to come up with their own challenges that demonstrate A.I.'s potential to positively impact people's lives." The good news is if you're passionate about STEM education, energy, the environment, space exploration & innovation & you've got the necessary skills, then all you have to do is apply below. And if you've got some extra dollars laying around to fuel the fire, maybe consider donating to their cause.