QualcommTricorder XPrize: Intent to Compete forms open

 Intent to Compete forms open

The Prize: Empowering Personal Healthcare
The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making reliable health diagnoses available directly to “health consumers” in their homes.

The dire need for improvements in health and healthcare in the U.S. has captured the attention of government, industry, and private citizens for years. But a viable solution has yet evaded one of the most technologically advanced, educated and prosperous nations on the globe. Integrated diagnostic technology, once available on a consumer mobile device that is easy to use, will allow individuals to incorporate health knowledge and decision-making into their daily lives.

Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, wireless sensing, imaging diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, and molecular biology will enable better choices in when, where, and how individuals receive care, thus making healthcare more convenient, affordable, and accessible. The winner will be the team whose technology most accurately diagnoses a set of diseases independent of a healthcare professional or facility, and that provides the best consumer user experience with their device.

It would be a huge win for an “amateur” team to win this. *wink wink*.

NIH Challenges You to Create Lessons About BioScience

The NIH has put forth a challenge to the nation, asking anyone and everyone to send in their best science experiments oriented for kindergarden up to 12th grade. They plan on picking the best ones and releasing the procedures for the public to use for free. Aside from their horrible choice of prizes (An electronic badge, really?) this is a great initiative and I can’t wait to see the resource that comes out of this.

So, If you have an idea for an experiment that might be useful in educating people about science check out the NIH challenge site and enter.

Side note:  Also found out about the NIH’s curriculum supplements and I highly recommend checking them out if you are a teacher

NASA Space Settlement Contest (ages 11-18)

Every year NASA Ames and the National Space Society hold a contest calling for students in 6th to 12th grade to design a space colony. I’d encourage anyone that qualifies to enter this contest. For those that dont qualify, we’ll be happy to publish your designs so you can receive community feedback.

Deadline for Entry: March 15, 2011

More Information, Rules, Prizes, Etc.

Photo from NASA Ames circa 1970(collection)