Malaysian Entrepreneur and XPRIZE Innovation Board Member Vishen Lakhiani part of winning team at XPRIZE Visioneering 2015 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California for Human Dignity – a proposal to improve refugee housing worldwide.
Held on May 7th-8th 2015 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the annual XPRIZE Trustees’ Visioneering gathered 150 corporate leaders, philanthropists, journalists and thinkers to discuss and debate the grand challenges faced by humanity and conceptualize the next XPRIZE prize to adress and solve the winning issue.
Every year the XPRIZE Foundation organizes a highly leveraged, incentivized prize competition that pushes the limits of what’s possible to change the world for the better. The winning XPRIZE idea will lead to hundreds of millions of dollars going into innovations to solve massive world problem.
Previous XPRIZE competitions include a challenge to developing a self-guided education platform to teach kids how to rea and do math, which was funded for US$15 million by Elon Musk; and the Ansari X Prize in 2004, intended to inspire research and development into technology for space exploration.
This year, the topics explored at the visioneering event focused on the future of five key areas: Home, Mind, Food, Health and Work. Teams were formed to conceptualize and pitch their ideas to the judges, which consisted of XPRIZE Foundation and Singularity University co-founder Peter Diamandis, renowned scientist, entrepreneur and author Astro Teller, and Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems, Padma Warrior.
The winning pitch for 2015 was the “Human Dignity” XPRIZE, conceptualized by Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley, Jessica Banks, founder of robotic furniture company RockPaperRobot, Jonathan Knowles, senior advisor at Autodesk, and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Christina Weiss Lurie. The “Human Dignity” XPRIZE aims to revolutionize refugee housing by making it cheaper and more durable, with sustainable and groundbreaking technology.
“There are 80 million forcefully displaced people around the world today. Some are refugees displaced because of war. Others, because of economic downturn, ethnic riots and natural disasters – like the recent earthquake in Nepal and the displacement of the Rohingya community. Every day, 32,000 more people are displaced. If all the displaced people in the world today were gathered you would have the 26th largest country in the world. We aren’t doing enough,” urged Vishen Lakhiani, whose company mission is to inspire 1 billion people worldwide to live extraordinary lives through personal growth education and positive impact.
“The world needs to pay more attention to the refugees,” he added. “That’s why we call it the Human Dignity XPRIZE. The challenge is to develop a scalable, instantly deployable, and self-sustainable community infrastructure so refugee camps and slums can be turned into functional townships – think a pack-and-go housing solution that provides efficient water, electricity, and sanitation, have a lifespan of at least six months, and can be adaptable to multi-terrain and climate conditions.”
The Human Dignity concept will get an ideation workshop at XPRIZE to determine if the prize is feasible and will have the intended impact.
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