WALTER O'BRIEN, INDUSTRY LEADERS AND VISIONARIES DESIGN XPRIZE COMPETITIONS FOR 2015
XPRIZE Visioneering attendees compete to create the next XPRIZE that will change the world for the better
LOS ANGELES, CA - 19 Oct, 2015 /PR Rocket / - Walter O'Brien, the inspiration behind the CBS hit show Scorpion, was among the attendees at the 2015 XPRIZE competition. O'Brien and other corporate leaders, philanthropists, heads of innovation, and XPRIZE Trustees descended on Palos Verdes, California for a multi-day Visioneering workshop. The Visioneering workshop provides leaders with diverse backgrounds a venue to brainstorm, prioritize, and decide which of the world's greatest challenges could be solvable with incentivized, prize competition. The attendees compete to design innovative, incentivized prizes across a variety of challenges in hopes that theirs would be chosen the next XPRIZE.
Founded in 1995, XPRIZE pushes the boundaries of human potential by focusing on problems currently believed to be unsolvable, or have no clear path toward a solution. The most high-profile XPRIZE was its first: The Ansari XPRIZE for Suborbital Space Flight. The Ansari XPRIZE was won by the Paul Allen-funded spacecraft, SpaceShipOne, co-developed by Burt Rutan's aviation company, Scaled Composites. SpaceShipOne flew 100 kilometers above the Earth's surface twice within two weeks to claim a $10 million award.
The Visioneering workshop added to the list of active XPRIZEs that includes the 2007 Google Lunar Lander XPRIZE for a successfully operating rover on the moon's surface. The competition included singer-songwriter will.i.am, journalist Ali Velshi, actor Ashton Kutcher, and Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California, and Walter O'Brien, among others. Of the competition, O'Brien said, "I treasured my experience working with this incredible group to develop the XPRIZE agenda. The competition to create a prize to solve each challenge spurs world-class ideas and solutions."
O'Brien and other competitors cast votes for the Visioneering challenges, including a mass-market, scalable technology that will reduce water usage in farming by 70% per acre, a technology that is able to sort and process 95 percent of landfill waste in an immediately profitable way, and a pack-and-go housing solution that provides efficient water, electricity, and sanitation. "I was in familiar territory," O'Brien added. "These are the types of problems we tackle at Scorpion Computer Services and ConciergeUp.com."
ABOUT WALTER O'BRIEN
Walter O'Brien is the CEO of Scorpion Computer Services, CEO of Scorpion Studios, the founder of ConciergeUp.com, and the Executive Producer of Scorpion, the hit CBS-TV drama with over 26 million television viewers that is inspired by O'Brien's life. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has certified Walter O'Brien as being a person of national interest to the United States and granted him an Extraordinary Ability EB 1-1 Visa. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, plus Navy and Air Force systems to employ his artificial intelligence systems to protect American military personnel. In addition, he has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies including the world's largest mutual fund, Fujitsu, Trados, Oracle Corporation, Baltimore Technologies, and Critical Path. O'Brien serves as chairman or board member for Strike Force Solutions, Talentorum Alliance, and Lawloop.
O'Brien regularly donates his time and talent to helping charities and the community in general to encourage new generations to celebrate intelligence.