ESD.172J | Fall 2009 | Graduate
X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy
Course Description
In 2004, the Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight captured the public's imagination and revolutionized an industry, leveraging a $10M prize purse into over $100M in innovation. Building from that success, the X PRIZE Foundation is now developing new prizes to focus innovation around "Grand Challenge" themes, …

In 2004, the Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight captured the public’s imagination and revolutionized an industry, leveraging a $10M prize purse into over $100M in innovation. Building from that success, the X PRIZE Foundation is now developing new prizes to focus innovation around “Grand Challenge” themes, including genomics, energy, healthcare, and education.

This course will examine the intersection of incentives and innovation, drawing on economic models, historic examples, and recent experience of the X PRIZE Foundation to help develop a future prize in Energy Storage Technologies.

Learning Resource Types
notes Lecture Notes
group_work Projects with Examples
theaters Videos
assignment_turned_in Design Assignments with Examples
Photo of spacecraft in flight.
The winner of the Ansari X Prize, SpaceShipOne, designed by Scaled Composites. (Image by Santosh Dawara on Flickr.)