Challenge and Prize Structure

The Challenge is a three-phase, prize-based competition to find and develop technology-based solutions that address or improve opioid abuse prevention, treatment and overdose avoidance and response.

The Idea Phase:  Closed.  Prize recipients were announced on January 30, 2018.

  • Ideas were collected from technical and non-technical audiences to help inform topics for the Challenge Phase.
  • Five (5) of the top ideas were selected to receive $10,000.
  • Runners-up were entered to receive $500 prizes. Forty were awarded, 20 to citizen scientists and 20 to professionals/experts.

The Challenge Phase:  Launching February, 2018

  • Seeks expertise of the worldwide business and innovation community to advance technical solutions in response to the crisis.
  • Winners receive monetary prizes and progress to the next phase to refine and cultivate their solutions into implementable products.

The Product Phase:

  • A continuation of the Challenge Phase, this phase enables winners to develop and refine their solutions for market entry

** At least $6.5 million is available in the prize pool for the Challenge and Product phases. We are seeking corporate support to expand this prize pool.

 
QUESTIONS? Contact the Solution Provider Help Desk
Email: phd@ninesigma.com
Program Manager:  Kevin Andrews, Ph.D. 
Phone: +1-216-283-3901