Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Before something is a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea

So, as many of you may have heard already, the X PRIZE Foundation has announced a new video contest on YouTube. We want to know your crazy green ideas. And if we like one enough to turn it into an X PRIZE, we'll give you $25,000.

So it's simple really. We want to hear about your crazy green ideas. The crazier, the better. Specifically, we want to hear what you think the next X PRIZE in the area of Energy and Environment should be. A way to turn pollution into more fuel? A frictionless drive shaft? A football that always spirals? Ok, they already have that one, but you get the idea.

The rules are pretty simple.

  1. Join our "What's Your Crazy Green Idea?" YouTube Group
  2. Add your 2 minute video.

Your video should answer these three questions:

1. What is the Grand Challenge or world-wide problem that you are trying to solve?
2. What is the specific prize idea (goal, rules, judging criteria)?
3. How will this prize lead to benefits for humanity?

The deadline for videos is October 31.

We'll pick our favorite three, post them on, and have a public vote. The winner of that vote will win the $25,000, and we'll look into turning their idea into the next X PRIZE!

So if you want the chance to change the world, and improve the way we use energy and treat the environment, then show us!

Hopefully we'll be getting a lot of submissions. We're going to watch every one. So please make them fun and creative so we don't get bored :)

Good luck everyone! I can't wait to see what you come up with.


pragzz said...

for whatever reason, the video isn't working...

Anonymous said...

I don't have time to make a video but it would be along the lines of:

High altitude wind, high altitude wind, high altitude wind, high altitude wind...[repeat for 2 minutes]

There are a few companies out there working away at this but the industry needs a big boost and awareness needs to be raised. It's a technology that makes a lot of sense.