Applications Invited for XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020

Applications Invited for XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020

Organization: XPrize Foundation

Event Duration: 02 Nov. 2020 - 02 Nov. 2020

Apply By: 15 Sep 2020

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About the Organization:

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) since 1994, the XPRIZE Foundation has designed and operated seventeen competitions in the domain areas of Space, Oceans, Learning, Health, Energy, Environment, Transportation, Safety and Robotics. The mission of XPRIZE is to clearly articulate a vision of a preferred and positive future across a set of domains, identify a roadmap of breakthroughs needed to get there, and establish the incentive competitions that will focus the resources, talent and technology required to enable those breakthroughs and accelerate that future.

XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020

The $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional, accessible, and even stylish.

Masks are effective in slowing and preventing the spread of COVID-19, but not all of us have adopted this preventive measure. Some masks are ill-fitting, uncomfortable, not breathable, and the most effective masks are often unavailable or expensive. We need an alternative—face masks that are readily accessible and affordable, functional for our everyday lives, fit a wide variety of wearers, and are effective in protecting the wearer and the community.

The winning team will design a face mask that achieves the filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask and overcomes the top five barriers to mask-wearing as defined by an XPRIZE-conducted survey.


  • Teams competing in an XPRIZE competition can come from anywhere.
  • For the Next-Gen Mask Challenge, XPRIZE is seeking teams composed of one or more individuals who are between 15 years and 24 years of age on October 22, 2020.


There will be $1 million (USD) in total prize purses available.

  • There will be a Grand Prize Purse in the amount of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand USD) awarded to one team.
  • Two additional teams will split $500,000 (USD) in categories determined by the Judging Panel.

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