UCLA, known for its pioneering spirit and bold ideas, is joining forces with another big thinker to inspire students to imagine a better tomorrow. XPRIZE and UCLA have partnered to launch an unprecedented multi-year initiative — FuturizeX — to inspire the next generation of ideators and inventors. Taking its cues from emerging technologies, FuturizeX will create a new space on the UCLA campus for students and the greater Los Angeles community to explore new breakthroughs and ideas that are transforming the blueprint of tomorrow in medicine, robotics, education, and beyond.
In three major public programs per year, FuturizeX will showcase at UCLA some of today’s renowned thought leaders and groundbreaking emerging technologies. The initiative also will bring to UCLA the XPRIZE model of solving humanity’s most pressing issues through large-scale incentivized competitions. FuturizeX will launch an unprecedented undergraduate student competition to develop a breakthrough invention using science, engineering, art, and math. FuturizeX also will spotlight UCLA’s emerging technologies and the groundbreaking work of XPRIZE.
Ready, Set, Launch
The inaugural event Nov. 6, 2015, featured the topic “The Future of Man in Space” at the UCLA IDEAS campus in the heart of Silicon Beach. The event began with a showcase of game-changing technologies in robotics, holograms, and 3D printers. After, Peter Diamandis, CEO of XPRIZE, talked with George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic; Firouz Naderi, director for solar system exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Chris Voorhees, vice president of spacecraft development at the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources.
Published December 2015