Cisco has been named the exclusive presenting sponsor of the X PRIZE Foundation’s (XPF) Energy & Environment Prize Group, which aims to incentivise a new era of clean, renewable and cost-effective energy. The goal of the collaboration is to generate breakthroughs in climate change, water resource management, energy distribution and storage, clean energy, and energy efficiency/use.
Hear directly from X PRIZE Foundation president Robert K. Weiss about this innovative collaboration during a Webinar today (April 20) at 2 p.m. PT, 5 p.m. ET.
“Cisco strives to help people work, live, play and learn in a more environmentally sustainable way,” stated Robert K. Weiss, President & Vice Chair, X PRIZE Foundation. “Together, we’ll drive innovation through the design and execution of large-scale competitions to address environmental and energy challenges. By tapping into the ‘human network,’ this partnership will be a force for positive change across the globe.”
X PRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs, inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stalled. Through strategic design of ground-breaking prizes with significant, multi-million-dollar purses, X PRIZE spurs collaboration among the world’s most brilliant minds to address the issues. Today, it is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. The Foundation was named 2007 “Policy Leader of the Year” by Scientific American and recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative.
As part of the engagement, the X PRIZE Foundation will work with Cisco to identify areas for development and launch of future X PRIZES with environmental or energy-saving goals in mind. Additionally, to help direct the future of the Prize Group, three Cisco executives will participate on the Energy & Environment advisory board.
“Cisco’s vision is for information technology to transform how the world manages its energy and environmental challenges. This type of competition complements Cisco’s history of promoting innovation with internal development as well as key acquisitions and partnerships. Through collaboration with dedicated organizations such as the X PRIZE Foundation, we can break down existing barriers and foster unparalleled innovation while making real progress on climate change and energy.” said Guido Jouret, vice president and chief technology officer, Cisco Emerging Technology Group.
As a global company, Cisco is taking a leadership role by reducing its environmental footprint every day, both as a major employer and through its employees' individual actions. As an innovator, Cisco is developing technologies that are designed to help mitigate and manage the current climate trend. As a partner with the X PRIZE Foundation, Cisco will inspire others to collaborate on ground-breaking solutions to our world’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges.
Areas of Interest for the Energy & Environment Prize Group:
Current Prize – Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE:
Prizes Under Consideration – Clean Fuels:
ABOUT X PRIZE:
The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Education & Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.
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