ESD.172J / SP.793J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy

As taught in: Fall 2009

Photo of spacecraft in flight.

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

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Dr. Erika Wagner

Course Features

Course Description

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.