FAQs

Atlas Prize is home to technologists, marketers, engineers, computer scientists, life scientists, designers, architects and people in many other fields.

So, we do algorithm, science, new product/product improvement, advertising, design, architecture and many other types of prizes.

Examples of prizes

Algorithms

  • Netflix used a prize to improve its movie recommendation algorithm.
  • Harvard Medical School improved a gene sequencing algorithm over 1,000 fold.
  • Merck streamlined its drug discovery process with a winning solution that came from computer scientists (as opposed to scientists in the life sciences) employing machine learning methods unfamiliar to Merck.
  • The University of Washington mapped an AIDS-related virus that had its faculty stumped.
  • Zillow improved house valuation estimates.

Science

  • NASA improved astronauts’ gloves and improved location tracking for the 130,000 items on the International Space Station.
  • Unilever made progress on a plastic free laundry tablet.
  • DARPA improved autonomous vehicles.
  • Goldcorp identified new sites to mine for gold, 80% of which yielded significant gold reserves.

Environment

  • Wendy Schmidt’s Oil Clean Up prize created faster more efficient ways of removing crude oil from oceans after oil spills.
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities challenge accelerated efforts by 25 winning cities to tackle climate change.

Advertising

  • Colgate Palmolive’s crowd sourced SuperBowl ad outperformed ads by Calvin Klein, Coke, Pepsi and Volkswagon.

Design

  • LVMH, the luxury fashion company whose brands include Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, sourced new designs and designers.

Architecture

  • The iconic Vietnam War memorial was designed by the then unknown 21 year old winner of a design prize, who did not even have an architecture degree at the time.
  • The world renowned Sydney Opera House was designed by the unknown Danish winner of an Australian design prize, which drew submissions from 28 countries.

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With a challenge prize, our community of top people from around the world compete to solve your challenge. You only pay when someone succeeds. Freelancing requires you to choose up front one individual or organization to work with.

People compete for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Earn money.
  • Gain recognition/visibility.
  • Develop new skills.
  • Work on interesting projects.
  • Get real world experience.
  • Have fun.