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Brief Published: 26 Jan 2012

Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize


The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize is a $10m (£6.4m) initiative to encourage mobile health innovation. The prize was established by Californian non-profit organisation the X Prize Foundation, and US telecommunications corporation Qualcomm’s philanthropic initiative, the Qualcomm Foundation.

During its launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, Qualcomm Foundation chair Paul Jacobs said: “There is a dire need to improve access to healthcare globally and provide consumers with an opportunity to be active participants in their own health.” He hopes the prize will give people the ability to decide where, when and how to seek health information.

The prize will be awarded to the team that creates a mobile platform that most accurately diagnoses 15 soon-to-be-announced diseases in real time over a three-day trial. Entrants are aspiring to diagnose symptoms more accurately than a board of doctors, helping users to determine whether they do need professional medical attention.

By providing healthcare in the palm of your hand, the prize aims to make our own health management easy and engaging to understand. Its long-term goal is to improve public health by pushing mobile health innovations directly to consumers.

The X Prize Foundation has previously launched a number of major global competitions, including the Google Lunar X Prize, which encourages privately funded exploration of the Moon. The foundation’s mission is to “bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity”.

Read more about mobile health in Mobile Health: Empowered Patients and Sensing Health.

Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize