Pharrell Williams Creates Winning XPRIZE Concept at Visioneering Summit
October 9, 2019
XPRIZE celebrates 25 years of innovation at annual Visioneering Summit of global philanthropists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders, focusing on the environment and healthy living
LOS ANGELES (October 8, 2019) — While celebrating its 25th anniversary, XPRIZE, the global leading platform for innovation and impact through incentive competitions, announced five winning concepts during Visioneering 2019, the foundation’s annual gathering to design and evaluate future competitions.
During Visioneering, over 50 XPRIZE designs were proposed, with five XPRIZE concepts winning in the categories of food and agriculture, human health and longevity sponsored by Anthem, waste and circular economy sponsored by Intel, and housing and infrastructure. In the finals, the crowd voted the Charter Communities concept in the housing and infrastructure category as the top winner. The Charter Communities XPRIZE team was led by visionary artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams and supported by the Andrew Nikou Foundation and philanthropists like John-Paul Dejoria. The XPRIZE concept proposed a competition to create transformational public housing alternatives that will provide a self-sustaining life beyond subsidized housing. This latest prize idea adds to the legacy of XPRIZE, which has launched 17 competitions and offered more than $150M in prize funds since its inception 25 years ago.
During Visioneering, over $15M was pledged by philanthropists at the event to support XPRIZE and prize development.