A world-class team of scientists and advocates, frustrated by the lack of urgency, funding and scientific collaboration to address the global Alzheimer’s epidemic, joined forces and received the highest honors at the 2017 XPRIZE Visioneers Summit. The team’s Impact Proposal is designed to globally crowdsource a new 21st century approach to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent the pandemic disease that affects nearly 50 million people worldwide.

Over the course of three long days, the five competing teams (subjects: Alzheimer’s, Clean Air, Re-imagining Democracy, Zero Waste Mining, and Cybersecurity) were evaluated by 250 corporate and government leaders, innovators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. On the last night, Ken Dychtwald, CEO of Age Wave, Encore Network member and founding member of the Alzheimer’s Team, delivered a riveting speech that helped fortify the team’s victory and advancement as a top priority for an intended 2018 XPRIZE global competition.

In 2018, the XPRIZE and Alzheimer’s teams will finalize the prize structure and operational components with the intention to launch a worldwide competition. 1,000+ teams are expected to compete to find a way to predict the appearance of the disease.

Read the press release about the Alzheimer’s Team at 2017 Visioneers Summit

Watch Ken Dychtwald’s stirring closing night speech. 

Contact: Stacy Cranston

Published: November 28, 2017