X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy

Photo of spacecraft in flight.

The winner of the Ansari X Prize, SpaceShipOne, designed by Scaled Composites. (Image by Santosh Dawara on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number

ESD.172J / EC.421J

As Taught In

Fall 2009



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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.

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Erika Wagner. ESD.172J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy. Fall 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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