XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020 for Innovators Worldwide ($1 Million Total Prize) | APPLY NOW

Applications are now open to the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020 to interested applicants who are looking forward to applying for the scholarship. The $1 Million Next-Gen Mask Challenge is aiming to reimagine protective face masks that are used to stop the spread of COVID-19 by making them a lot more comfortable, accessible, functional and even more stylish.

XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020 for Innovators Worldwide ($1 Million Total Prize) | APPLY NOW

About the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020

The Masks are really effective in slowing down and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Virus, but not everyone has adopted this preventive measure. Some mask made by regular people are ill-fitting, not breathable, uncomfortable and the most effective masks are often not available, or very expensive. Well, that is why this challenge is here, we need to have an alternative. We need a face that is readily available, accessible, affordable, very functional, people should want to wear it for their everyday lives, fit a lot of wide wearers, and are effective when it comes to protecting the wearer and the community.

The team with the winning design would make a face mask that achieves filtration efficacy on par with a surgical mask and overcomes the top five barriers to mask-wearing as defined by an XPRIZE-conducted survey.


There will be a total of $1 million (USD) in total purses available

  • There would be a grand prize in purse in the amount of about $500,000 (Five hundred thousand USD) offered to one team.
  • Two added teams will split $500,000 (USD) in categories that are determined by the judging panel.


To be eligible for the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge 2020, all interested applicant are expected to meet the eligibility requirement stated below. They include:

  • Teams that are competing in an XPRIZE competition is free to be from any part of the world
  • For the Next-Gen Mask Challenge, XPRIZE is looking forward to teams composed of one or more individuals who are between 15 years and 24 years of age on 22, 2020.

How to Apply

Apply for the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge requires all submissions to be submitted through the XPRIZE Operational Portal (POP). The competitors are expected to create a team or be a part of an existing team, and submit all the required materials via the activities tab on the POP team profile page. Click this link to apply for the Challenge.

Application Deadline

September 15, 2020.

For more details about the challenge, visit this link.

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