Maker Faire Bay Area 2014

NASA: Accelerating Innovation Through Prize Competitions

DayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationsVideo Coverage
Saturday4:00 PM4:30 PMMake: Live Stage

Prize competitions have been accelerating the pace of innovation for centuries. NASA's Centennial Challenges brings together inventors, makers, academia and business to spur advances by offering monetary prize incentives. Teams have taken home more than $6 million in NASA prize money, and much more is available from current and future competitions. We are seeking solutions in current competitions in robotics and unmanned aircraft and potential future events in Cubesats, Mars ascent vehicles and more. The makers are a population of undiscovered challenge winners. Let us show you opportunities to solve tech challenges for NASA and the nation.


Explore Similar Projects in these Areas: Alternative Energy, DIY Projects, Drones, Science, Space


Sam Ortega — Program Manager, Centennial Challenges


Sam Ortega has worked for NASA for 27 years. He is the program manager for NASA's prize competition program, Centennial Challenges.