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Challenge Prizes: A practice guide

This practice guide shows you how challenge prizes work and supports you to get your own prize idea off the ground. It provides practical guidance and support to help you to explore, design and run your own challenge. Written and developed by Perrie Ballantyn in collaboration with the Challenge Prize Centre with support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).



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Longitude Explorer Report

This publication provides an overview of the Longitude Explorer Prize that challenged young people (aged 11-16) to come up with ideas that use navigational and observational data from satellites, for social good. The report explains the staged process, activities, and evaluation of the Prize. The Longitude Explorer Prize was designed and delivered by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre in partnership with Winton Charitable Foundation, UK Space Agency, Raspberry Pi, Satellite Applications Catapult/National Space Academy, StemNet, Ignite Futures, Technopop, among others outlined in the report.


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Infectious Futures: Stories of the post-antibiotic apocalypse

Commissioned for the Longitude Prize, these six short stories of a post-antibiotic future bring the scale and urgency of the challenge of antibiotic resistance vividly to life. Set in the near-future where the battle against superbugs has not been won, resistant infections are commonplace. Stories by Madeline Ashby, A.S. Fields, Jenni Hill, Tim Maughan, Lydia Nicholas and Michael Rathbone.


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Dynamic Demand Challenge Report

This report provides an overview of the Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize and the ideas that were prototyped by the five selected finalists. The Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize was designed and delivered by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory’s Centre for Carbon Measurement (NPL) to stimulate demand–side response solutions for households and small businesses.


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Giving Challenge Report

This report is a short overview of the Giving Challenge Prizes: the Waste Reduction Challenge and the Ageing Well Challenge. The report explains the staged process, finalists’ development and announcement of the two winners and two runners up.


Inclusive Technology Prize Report

This report explores the insights and lessons learnt from the Inclusive Technology Prize, which sought to champion innovative assistive technology and encourage co-creation with disabled people.