Last night, at 11:59 EST, the Genesis Generation Challenge officially closed with over 140 completed applications. Over the course of the competition, more than 22,000 individuals visited the competition website from 174 countries, and over 2,000 individuals registered for the competition. Participants from across the globe submitted applications to fund projects, guided by Jewish values, which will address the world’s pressing issues. The competition was established to honor Michael R. Bloomberg, the inaugural Genesis Prize laureate. The Challenge will award up to 10 teams $100,000 USD each. Winners will be announced in the first quarter of 2015.
In the coming weeks, all approved submissions will be distributed to the international expert Evaluation Panel, which will review and score the applications. The 15-20 highest scores will be passed to the Selection Committee, which will choose the finalists.