Time Running Out On $1M Roddenberry Prize

By October 10, 2016


Want a shot at winning a piece of $1 million in funding? It’s easy! All you have to do is cure cancer.

OK, you don’t really have to cure cancer (but if you could, that would be awesome). Instead the family that brought the world Star Trek is offering grant funding for people, groups and companies with innovative ideas that put humanity first.

It’s called The Roddenberry Prize, named after Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. And the time to apply is quickly running out.

Rod Roddenberry, Gene’s son, launched the prize last month in honor of the 50th anniversary of Trek. The idea was not just to celebrate Star Trek, but the vision Gene had on what we, as humans, can develop for the future.

“We launched The Roddenberry Foundation to build on my father’s legacy and philosophy of inclusion, diversity and respect for life to meaningfully improve the lives of people around the world. With (the) launch of The Roddenberry Prize, we hope to heighten awareness of the critical needs that many face on this planet, and unleash the imagination and drive of those inspired to do something about it.”

Roddenberry is looking for innovators who want to benefit a large and diverse population with working ideas that are both feasible and replicable, according to its website, with the potential to scale the magnitude of their impact. The ideas also need to be strategic, altering the status quo by addressing systemic needs for a “boldly better future.”

The $1 million prize is broken up into five smaller prizes. The grand prize award is $400,000, with four innovation awards of $150,000 each awarded for the rest.

The contest is open to individuals, private companies and non-profit organizations around the world. Even if the idea is still in the early stages of development — if you can put together a working path on how such an idea would be implemented, the Roddenberry Prize wants to hear from you.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 16, Roddenberry said, with winners to be announced in January.

“The more people we can engage in thinking about and working on these pressing global problems, the closer we’ll come to solving them.”

To learn more about the prize, or find out how to enter, click here.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.