Oregon Pioneer Prize

Problem

As a state and a society, there are numerous challenges we face. Government can’t solve all these problems, and could be immensely helped by attracting the attention and efforts of talented people willing to work at tackling society's toughest challenges.

Solution

Oregon State Representative Tobias Read is proposing to harness the talent of innovators everywhere by offering prize(s) to individuals and teams who solve large identified challenges. Like the U.K.’s Longitude Prize or the private sector’s X Prize, Rep. Read believes that state government can convene expertise from academia, business, non profits and more to identify our biggest challenges, develop quantifiable measures on which to evaluate potential solutions, and award prizes to those solutions that best solve the identified problems.