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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Colgate Palmolive’s crowd sourced SuperBowl ad outperformed ads by Calvin Klein, Coke, Pepsi and Volkswagon.
- LVMH, the luxury fashion company whose brands include Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, sourced new designs and designers.
- 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.
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.