Five (5) finalists were selected by the judges according to official Stage 1 Challenge criteria and awarded $20,000 in cash prizes each.
TOTAL PRIZE POOL$300,000
Stage 1: $100,000
Five (5) finalists each received $20,000
Stage 2: $200,000
Winner(s) will receive up to $200,000
In Stage 2, finalists from Stage 1 will compete for an additional $200,000 in cash prizes. The Stage 2 cash prize of $200,000 will be distributed to the winner(s) based on the review of the Stage 2 submissions by the judges. As part of their acceptance of the associated Stage 1 cash prize, finalists agree to participate in Stage 2 activities, which will include the further development of concepts into detailed system designs, with guidance from a panel of expert mentors. If any potential finalist is found to be ineligible, has not complied with the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions, or declines the cash prize for any reason prior to award, an alternate finalist may be selected. If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions, or declines the cash prize for any reason prior to award, an alternate winner may be selected. Please refer to the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions for further details.
Cash prizes awarded under this Challenge will be paid to the Team Lead directly by DHS through electronic funds transfer. Finalists and winner(s) will be responsible for any applicable local, State, and Federal taxes and reporting that may be required under applicable tax laws.