The XR Prize Challenge: Fight Climate Change is a global competition harnessing AR and VR (XR) solutions to help fight climate change. It is funded by the non-profit AugmentedReality.org and hosted by AWE, the producer of global in-person and online XR events, and the world’s most impactful XR community.
The goal of the Competition is to help fight climate change using XR, and bring to the public some of the best demonstrable solutions that apply XR (virtual reality, augmented reality, or mixed reality) to assist in humanity’s fight against climate change. Furthermore, it will provide recognition, mentorship, and funding to contestants who develop these technologies and solutions.
AWE is inviting submissions from teams and individuals, and especially collaborations between XR technologists and climate change experts from around the world to compete for a $100,000 cash prize, which will be awarded to the best submission that demonstrates a creative, functional, and impactful XR-based solution to help humanity in its fight against climate change.
More information about the competition, and how to register is available at: https://www.awexr.com/xrprize
Contestants must be adult individuals or teams formed or led by any adults around the world.
Registration and concepts must be submitted this year. Those confirmed as valid submissions will be invited to develop a Minimum Viable Product (“MVP”) that demonstrates their solution. These demonstrable MVP submissions will then be judged in order to select competition finalists. Finalists will be invited to demonstrate their submissions live at AWE USA 2023 in Santa Clara, USA, where final judging will take place and the winner(s) will also be announced.
Entries must be submitted to address any one of four categories, as described further below.
Entries will be judged on their CREATIVITY, FUNCTIONALITY, and IMPACT.
The winner(s) of the XR Prize competition may use the award in any manner they choose, including how they share it among team members and partners.
Contestants agree their concepts and MVP demonstrations may be made available publicly by AWE for promotional purposes. If there is any IP that you intend to keep secret, do not include it in your submissions.
Additionally, AWE will host info sessions and mentoring webinars to inspire contestants, answer questions, and facilitate match-making between teams of XR experts and climate experts.
Through the XR Prize, AWE invites submissions that demonstrate the power of XR to address the following problems in our fight against climate change. Each submission must be aligned to address one of these categories, at the discretion of the entrant:
Modern society wastes energy and material resources that contribute to climate change. Leading causes of climate change include wasteful transportation of people and goods, methane leaks, and wasteful development and operations of real estate. Our dependence on fossil fuels to maintain and expand our transportation and real estate needs, as well as other wasteful industrial practices, must be curbed if we are to make an impact in our fight against climate change.
XR can help. We have already observed that virtual, augmented, and mixed reality solutions as alternative spatial communications and collaboration media can help to reduce the need to travel, move resources around the planet, and continue unchecked and unsustainable development of the built environment. We believe that XR can be leveraged to move more bits and fewer atoms.
We need solutions that demonstrate that XR is a viable medium for reducing our dependence on wasteful transportation, consumption of goods, and unsustainable real estate development.
We can’t fight what we can’t see. Although the causes and effects of climate change are understood intellectually, they are difficult to grasp viscerally or emotionally because they seem so disconnected from our daily lives and behaviors. One of the biggest challenges in raising awareness of the impacts of climate change is that it’s hard to fight a threat you can’t see.
However, climate change subject matter experts and entrepreneurs can often struggle to inspire people and policy-makers to take action.
The long-term, far-reaching impact of an individual’s or society’s choices or behaviors are not always apparent, as the cause-and-effect can span across the globe and across the decades or centuries. These are spatial and temporal scales that aren’t readily understood. We need ways to communicate the causes of climate change and the effects and impacts of behaviors, educating people in a way they can understand.
XR can help. As a spatial communication medium capable of representing and simulating environments that span space and time in new ways, we can present large, global scale problems and solutions in ways that laypeople can relate to. XR is an “empathy machine,” enabling people to understand that other, disadvantaged or underserved populations are impacted negatively and disproportionately by unjust behaviors and policies.
We need solutions that demonstrate XR’s unique ability to educate people about the causes and effects of climate change, and influence behaviors and policies to promote equity and fairness.
Climate activists need their voices heard. There is no shortage of good people and good ideas to combat climate change. However, today’s communication platforms are inadequate for climate activists and sustainability-oriented communities to communicate their ideas, educate people effectively, or to market their solutions in a way that can expand to influence behaviors at a global scale.
XR can help. As an immersive, spatial, and task-oriented story-telling medium, virtual environments can capture ideas and imaginations like no other communication platform can. Ideas promoted within XR can be viscerally understood and can provide a powerful alternative to existing communication platforms, helping to influence purchasing and policy decisions making.
We need solutions that demonstrate XR as a unique story-telling medium for giving a voice to climatologists and sustainability solutions providers, providing them with a powerful platform to educate communities and expand their reach.
Professionals are solving complex problems with inadequate tools. Designers, engineers, manufacturers, and operators are all applying their professional knowledge and resources to develop solutions to combat climate change. However, climate change is a complex, multi-dimensional problem that requires solutions be optimized, crafted, and built with the most advanced technologies and processes available. We need to get solutions right, and we need them right now.
XR can help. AR, VR and MR technology can enable professionals to make more effective design and fabrication decisions to optimize solutions to climate change. It does so by increasing bandwidth to the brain, leveraging our innate spatial reasoning skills and our abilities to navigate and interact in spatial environments. As a result, engineers and other professionals need new spatially immersive tools to help improve and optimize the design and execution of their solutions to fight climate change.
We need solutions that demonstrate XR as a unique decision-optimization tool, enabling professionals to design and develop perfected solutions that give us the best possible chance to mitigate and reverse climate change.
The judging panel will include experts in climate change and XR and will apply the following criteria at both the concept and demonstration phases:
Review the sections below for a more detailed description and important requirements and restrictions.
Sponsor and Administrator: AWE XR, LLC, 9450 SW Gemini Dr. , PBM 55425 Beaverton, OR, USA 97008-7105
Cash prize totaling at least $100,000 will be awarded to winners, at the discretion of AWE and its judges.
For Competition results, attend AWE for the XR Prize Ceremony in June 2023 in Santa Clara, or go to the AWE site on or about 4 June 2023 where results will be posted.
If you have questions regarding the Competition - please email [email protected].