As we have discussed in other threads, one area where there seems to be common interest is building awesome local communities of people who care about solving our grandest challenges. I am passionate about this too: I want to create a global network of people who form proud local communities comprised of different experience, perspectives, and ambitions. I believe this network could become the roadways in which so much innovation can flow.
As such, we are forming the XPRIZE Think Tank initiative. Put simply, this is a programme to inspire people to from local XPRIZE groups all over the world. This could be XPRIZE Think Tank Paris, or XPRIZE Think Tank San Francisco, or anywhere else.
My philosophy here is inspire as many teams as possible, and the very best teams will prosper.
What does an XPRIZE Think Thank do?
The primary mission of an XPRIZE Think Tank is:
Bring together innovators, problem-solvers, domain experts, and more together from a local community to help discuss, educate, and strategize how to solve our grand challenges.
(this is a back-of-the-napkin mission statement, we can refine it later)
The idea is that a team forms and then organizes regular local meetings at a coffee shop, university/college campus, and elsewhere where the following can happen:
- Presentations are volunteered and given about various topics (e.g. space, oceans, new technology, ideas for projects etc).
- Discussions can happen about different challenges in the world, how to solve them, new technology that could help.
- People can network and get to know each other.
- The team could form collaborative projects such as educating the local community, tackling specific problems, and more.
To get this ball rolling, I am looking for those of you who are interested in organizing a local XPRIZE Think Tank to share that here.
Please note: if you volunteer yourself as organizer, please expect me to get in touch to follow through on this.
As an organizer you would start organizing local meetings, find interesting speakers, and promote the group locally to encourage people to join.
How to volunteer
Simple respond to this topic and share the following:
- Your forum username
- Your name (optional)
- The location of the group (e.g. XPRIZE Think Tank San Francisco)
@jonobacon here to volunteer to coordnate a XPRIZE Think Tank San Francisco