About the X PRIZE Foundation
Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world's Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org.
About Professor Nicholas Negroponte
Professor Nicholas Negroponte is the founder of One Laptop per Child, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing each child in the world with the means to learn and teach. Professor Negroponte has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966, is the co-founder and former director of the MIT Media Lab, and was the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A pioneer in the field of human-computer interaction, Nicholas is also the author of the best-selling book Being Digital (1995), which sold over 1 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, he served on the board of directors for Motorola, is a general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment, and is a member of the Special Committee of News Corporation. Nicholas has provided start-up funds for more than 60 companies, including Wired magazine, for which he wrote the back page for its first five year.
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