Things Are Only Impossible Until They’re Not
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned a boldly better future, full of optimism, driven by exploration and strengthened by diversity. Yet urgent challenges today threaten humanity and the infinite possibilities of tomorrow.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we launched a prize for daring ideas from innovative thinkers to achieve the future that Gene imagined, ideas that put humanity first, to benefit a large and diverse population; are feasible and replicable, with potential to scale the magnitude of their impact; and are strategic, to alter the status quo by addressing systemic needs for a boldly better future.
EXPLORE NEW FRONTIERS
Star Trek reminded us that we’ve only scratched the surface of our universe—all has not been discovered. Tomorrow promises challenges and adventures beyond our imagination. How will your solution help expand our understanding of each other or our universe? What idea do you have for pursuing equality for all, for championing diversity or teaching empathy?
THINK BOLDLY SO OTHERS CAN THRIVE
Our most challenging problems deserve bold solutions. Whether it’s new ways to access water and sanitation, a vaccine that prevents Alzheimer’s, or an app that rapidly mobilizes people during a crisis, share your idea for addressing critical global issues.
LEVERAGE TECH FOR GOOD
Star Trek depicted a future where technology helped create a better life for all humanity. Your solution can make it a reality. Perhaps it’s further connecting global citizens, or advancing artificial intelligence to protect threatened ecosystems, or strengthening infrastructure in developing countries. Today’s unparalleled technological resources offer infinite possibilities.
EMBRACE NEW FORMS OF STORYTELLING
Gene Roddenberry used storytelling to convey a powerful message—that humanity’s best days are ahead of us, not behind us. Use new platforms to tell meaningful stories, to shed light on an issue and inspire action. Maybe it’s a new media art piece that uses stem cells, or a virtual reality film that immerses you in the homeless experience and moves you to take action.
EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION
Our investment today determines how far we go tomorrow. Share your solution for helping all people achieve their potential, whether it’s providing Internet access to everyone, removing barriers to education, eradicating illiteracy or improving child nutrition.
$1 MILLION IN AWARDS
The best five ideas for a boldly better future—whether rooted in art, science, technology or another domain of human ingenuity—were awarded a total prize of $1 million to implement their world-changing solution. View the Winners and Finalists.
Application Period Closed
Over 600 applications from around the globe were submitted.
Learn more about the winners and finalists here.