Problem-solving Prizes [world Service]

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2018041720180418 (WS)

How big cash rewards can drive innovation

An innovative new weekly programme looking at how we can solve the world's problems.

People cannot resist a prize, especially when there is money to go with a medal, and for hundreds of years that basic human urge has been used to push humanity forward. When you focus minds and money towards a simple target, incredible things can happen - from the clock that won the Longitude prize money in the 1700s to the spacecraft that won the XPRIZE in 2004. Are there any problems that a big enough prize cannot solve?

Producer: William Kremer

(Photo: Pilot Mike Melvill standing on Space Ship One, which went on to win the Ansari XPRIZE. Credit: Getty Images)
This programme uses a sound effect created by Freesound user bone666138

20180417

How big cash rewards can drive innovation

An innovative new weekly programme looking at how we can solve the world's problems.

People can’t resist a prize, especially when there’s money to go with a medal, and for hundreds of years that basic human urge has been used to push humanity forward. When you focus minds and money towards a simple target, incredible things can happen - from the clock that won the Longitude prize money in the 1700s to the spacecraft that won the XPRIZE in 2004. Are there any problems that a big enough prize cannot solve?

Producer & Reporter: William Kremer

Photo Image: Pilot Mike Melvill standing on Space Ship One, which went on to win the Ansari XPRIZE
Photo Credit: Getty Images
This programme uses a sound effect created by Freesound user bone666138