The Roddenberry Foundation has announced the #BoldlyBetter Campaign, which seeks to benefit humanity and to solve its greatest challenges.
“The inaugural Roddenberry Prize consists of one $400,000 grand prize and four $150,000 innovation awards, disbursed in lump sums to five recipients, complementing several new foundation initiatives. Encouraging a new generation of social innovators inspired by the ethos of Star Trek, The Roddenberry Prize is open to anyone – from nonprofit institutions to individual garage-tinkerers – who has an innovative solution that could benefit humanity in areas as diverse as poverty, obesity, education, or the environment.
“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,” said Rod Roddenberry. “With today’s 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. The more people we can engage in thinking about and working on these pressing global problems, the closer we’ll come to solving them.”
“Winners will be announced in January 2017, to align with the premiere of the upcoming CBS series, Star Trek: Discovery. Applications and criteria can be found at The Roddenberry Foundation‘s prize website at RoddenberryPrize.org (website to go live at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST to coincide with the announcement which will be livestreamed on The Roddenberry Foundation Facebook page).”
According to Roddenberry, the campaign will “seek bold solutions that are on the cusp of achieving scale. Solutions may cover a range of topics and disciplines. A panel of judges and the prize administrator, who will assess the overall quality of the entry, will review applications. Entries will be evaluated along three criteria: their potential for transformative and lasting impact, demonstration of a feasible and achievable path to implementation, and the boldness of their vision to benefit our shared future.”