“Find a Winner” Launches on the 100th Anniversary of the $25,000
Orteig Prize for the First Transatlantic Flight, Later Won by Charles
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, on the 100th anniversary of the Orteig Prize which inspired
aviator Charles Lindbergh to cross the Atlantic, XPRIZE introduces its Find
a Winner Program, offering a $25,000 prize to any individual who
refers someone who goes on to ultimately win a grand prize in an XPRIZE
The Find a Winner Program is open to the public, and is currently
accepting referrals for the $10 Million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, a four-year
global competition focused on the development of a physical,
non-autonomous robotic avatar system with which an operator can see,
hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as
if they are physically there. The deadline for registration and
qualifying referrals is September 30, 2019.
“The future of humanity depends on our ability to innovate, collaborate,
and use our collective passions to create a better world for all,” said
Anousheh Ansari, chief executive officer of XPRIZE. “Our Find a
Winner Program will help us to invite anyone, anywhere to
participate in our competitions in a powerful and impactful way. We
believe in the power of the crowd and believe that through collaboration
and competition, we can all play a role in solving the greatest
challenges of our time.”
The $25,000 reward from XPRIZE pays homage to the Orteig Prize. On May
22, 1919, French-born hotelier Raymond Orteig offered a $25,000 reward
to the first aviator to fly non-stop between New York City and Paris.
Ultimately, American Charles Lindbergh won the prize in 1927 in his
aircraft The Spirit of St. Louis. It was Lindbergh’s
autobiography, a gift from a friend, that inspired Dr. Peter H.
Diamandis to create the XPRIZE Foundation in 1994.
“Prizes have ignited passions, spurred innovation, and brought about
breakthroughs that no one thought possible,” said Diamandis, executive
chairman and founder of XPRIZE. “We decided to launch our Find a
Winner Program on the 100th anniversary of the Orteig prize as a way
to honor the legacy of Raymond Orteig and the incentive prize model.
Opening up our recruitment process to the public is exhilarating, and as
XPRIZE enters its own 25th anniversary, we are more confident and
hopeful than ever that the best is yet to come.”
The Find a Winner Program will apply to all XPRIZE competitions
moving forward. To refer a competitor for the Avatar XPRIZE or learn
more about the Find a Winner Program, click
XPRIZE designs and operates multi-million-dollar, global competitions to
incentivize the development of technological breakthroughs that
accelerate humanity toward a better future. Our mission is to inspire
and empower a global community of problem-solvers to positively impact
our world. We believe solutions to the world’s problems can come from
anyone, anywhere. Active competitions include the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon
XPRIZE, the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery
XPRIZE, and the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. For more information, visit xprize.org.