NEXT-GEN MASK CHALLENGE
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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.
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF MASKS
Next-Gen Mask Challenge will aid in the fight against COVID-19 by enhancing an effective solution: face masks. The next generation of masks will redefine the norm of mask-wearing behavior and help sustain crucial preventive health measures.
THIS GENERATION IS PASSIONATE, CREATIVE, AND DEEPLY ENGAGED. WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU NEED TO WAIT OR GET A PARTICULAR DEGREE TO HAVE AN IDEA THAT CAN DRAMATICALLY CHANGE THE WORLD.
DR. EMILY MUSIL CHURCH
Executive Director, XPRIZE Equity & Education
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.
HOW TO WIN
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.
HOW TO REGISTER
The Next-Gen Mask Challenge teams will be composed of the next generation of innovators ages 15-24 from all around the world. Registering to create or join a team is one of the first steps you can take to help create a better future for all.
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