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Science, tech nonprofit XPRIZE offers $1 million for innovative mask designs

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 10:22:15-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — $1 million is up for grabs for anyone who can design a mask that addresses the most common reasons why people say they do not wear one.

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The nonprofit organization XPRIZE, which hosts competitions as a way to crowdsource solutions to some of the world's most compelling problems, opened registration to its global Next-Gen Mask Challenge this week.

According to its website, XPRIZE conducted a survey asking people what barriers prevent them from wearing masks. The winning mask must address 5 of the top 10 reasons reported in the survey.

The XPRIZE survey shows these are the top 10 reasons people reported not wearing a mask:

  1. Too hot on my face
  2. Fog my glasses
  3. Difficulty breathing
  4. Uncomfortable
  5. Difficult to have a conversation
  6. Can’t exercise in them
  7. Don’t fit my face properly
  8. Can’t eat or drink while wearing them
  9. People can’t see my facial expressions
  10. Difficult to acquire

A $500,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winning team. Two other teams have a shot at splitting an additional $500,000.

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The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 15-24.

To learn more or to register visit XPRIZE.org.