18th January 2017 Opportunities Women in technology 0

Application Deadline: March 31. 2017 

Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE is a $1 million global competition that challenges teams to leverage technology to empower communities with a transformative solution that ensures women’s safety. Armed with innovative safety nets, communities everywhere can rapidly respond to threats against any of its members, ensuring that help is always available when needed.

The winning team’s solution will autonomously and inconspicuously trigger an emergency alert while transmitting information to a network of community responders, all within 90 seconds and at an annual cost of $40 or less.

The Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE will award $1,000,000 to the most accurate and most usable technology solution which is able to:

  • Trigger location-accurate alerts in emergency situations even in low-connectivity scenarios
  • Transmit alerts to a network of responders, and rapidly provide a response to the user within 90 seconds that help is on its way
  • Exhibit a novel approach to building or combining existing and/or emerging technologies to better connect users and responders under $40 per year

This XPRIZE is driven by Competition Guidelines, which are a detailed set of prize specifics surrounding the Grand Challenge, the testing parameters, and the competition timeline.

A draft copy of the Competition Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Your comments and ideas on these guidelines could help shape the future of safety technology. Please send your feedback to

If you would like to apply to this Prize, go to


Team registration for the Women’s Safety XPRIZE starts from October 24, 2016 through March 31st, 2017.

All registered teams will then move to the next stage of the competition which will have two testing rounds:

  1. Qualification Round: Detailed Design Evaluation
  2. Final Round: Deployment-Ready Prototype Testing



    1. Round 2A: Deployment-Ready Prototype Testing with a physical prototype of the device
    2. Round 2B: Usability testing of proposed solutions


XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a team and register to compete. To participate, a team may need to recruit additional experts and can add new members at any time throughout the competition. Competing teams will own the Intellectual Property of their submissions.


To ensure that the competition is fair to competing teams, XPRIZE will appoint the following entities:


XPRIZE will form panels of relevant Advisors to serve on Advisory Boards for the Competition. These Boards will remain in place throughout the Competition to advise XPRIZE regarding all aspects of the design and implementation of the Competition. The duties and responsibilities of the Advisory Board may include assisting with the establishment of qualifications for prospective Judges, recommending members of the Judging Panel, and providing input related to testing protocols and judging criteria.


XPRIZE will recruit judges, chosen by the Advisory Board. XPRIZE will seek to ensure that the expertise of the judging panel is diverse enough to fairly evaluate the various technologies and approaches that the teams may develop during the competition. The duties and responsibilities of the Judging Panel will include, but not be limited to evaluating teams’ compliance with the Competitor Agreement, Competition Guidelines, the Rules and Regulations for the purposes of the Competition, awarding of points and selection of teams and entries that will proceed to each subsequent phase of the Competition.


In order to conduct a fair & transparent competition, XPRIZE may hire independent auditors and consultants at different stages of the challenge. These auditors and consultants will be appointed on the recommendation and approval of the Advisory Board of the Challenge.

The role of the auditors will be to ensure fair testing by either being present on site or monitor the testing remotely. The roles of the consultants will be to help XPRIZE create systems for an effective and transparent remote and on site testing.

Please contact us via email at if you want to share your feedback/comments on these guidelines or if you have any questions about this competition.

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