About the award

We believe good ideas combined with powerful technology can help solve the world’s biggest problems. The Powerful Answers Award is a multi-million dollar challenge for entrepreneurs, companies and innovators worldwide to provide innovative solutions in transportation, emergency response and Internet of Things.

A good idea can come from anywhere – what’s yours?

Open Submissions are now closed.
This year’s winners will be announced on October 30, 2015.
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Submissions closed

12 winners vying for three $1,000,000 prizes

Twelve winning entrepreneurs will attend the awards presentation on December 9 in San Francisco, California. Three $1 million winners will be announced.

Millions of dollars of awards

1st prize: $1 Million

(1 per category)

2nd prize: $500,000

(1 per category)

3rd prize: $250,000

(2 per category)



How can technology find better, more efficient ways to reduce the complexities of transport & distribution in the physical world?

Submit innovative ideas for:

  • Smarter driving
  • Public transport & sharing
  • Distribution & logistics

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Emergency Response

Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. How can new technologies help expedite response times and situational awareness to locate and help those impacted by emergency and disaster situations more efficiently to help save and improve lives?

Submit innovative ideas for:

  • First responders
  • Search & rescue
  • Long term relief

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Internet of Things (IOT)

Technology now connects the world like never before. How can using the technology behind the Internet of Things (IOT) enable more intelligent actions on the largest possible scale and with the greatest possible impact?

Submit innovative ideas for:

  • Connected health
  • Smart cities
  • Smart agriculture

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Submit your idea

Round 1
March 26 – June 18


Round 2
July 9 – July 23


Round 3
August 20 – September 24

Finalists presentations

Round 4
September 29 – 30

2014 Powerful Answers Award winners


Sesame Enable

A smartphone specifically designed for people with disabilities can open up a world of possibility.



With a 21st century organ donation program, awareness builds while critical wait times decrease. It’s a win-win.


Eco-fuel Africa

Through affordable green charcoal, this energy source improves communities while lowering environmental impact.


Vaxess Technologies

What do silk and vaccines have in common? A new innovation that brings medical care while eliminating the need for cold storage.