Powerful Answers Award

We believe that powerful technology can help solve many of society’s biggest problems and that a good idea can come from anywhere. In 2013 we launched the Powerful Answers Award – a multi-million dollar challenge that encourages entrepreneurs to provide powerful solutions for the social issues of our day.

The response each year has been exceptional.

2015 Powerful Answers Award

The third annual Powerful Answers Award will offer millions of dollars in prizes for innovators who propose innovative solutions in Transportation, Emergency Response and Internet of Things.

Learn who made it to the finals


2014 Powerful Answers Award winners

Thousands of ideas trickled in, but only four lucky innovators were chosen as the winners of the 2014 Powerful Answers Award. See who placed first in each of the four main categories: education, healthcare, sustainability and transportation.


  • Education: Sesame Enable

    Education: Sesame Enable

    Sesame Enable has developed touch-free smartphone and tablet technology for children and adults for whom touch is not possible.

  • Healthcare: ORGANIZE

    Healthcare: ORGANIZE

    ORGANIZE is creating a donation system fit for the 21st century, through increased points of entry and a coordinated approach to registration.

  • sustainability: Eco-Fuel Africa

    Sustainability: Eco-fuel Africa

    Eco-fuel Africa has created "green" charcoal produced from agricultural waste that's 65 percent cheaper than charcoal from wood.

  • Transportation: Vaxess Technologies

    Transportation: Vaxess Technologies

    Vaxess Technologies has created a soluble, silk-stabilized vaccine that can be shipped without refrigeration.

2013 Powerful Answers Award

The Verizon Powerful Answers Award debuted in 2013, garnering more than 1,400 entries and awarding millions of dollars to fund innovative solutions in education, healthcare and sustainability. Meet our 2013 winners and get to know the inspiration behind this powerful challenge.

Top prizes go to...

Top prizes go to...

TinyTap was the top prize winner in education, Smart Vision Labs, was the top prize winner in the healthcare and Mosaic in sustainability.

2013 winners announced at CES

The three $1 million winners of the first Verizon Powerful Answers Award were revealed by Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.