Offer: The 1440 Challenge is an awards program totaling $75,000 aimed at further developing the best new ideas
Rewarding the best new ideas for developing and sharing self-awareness,
authenticity, trust, and empathy through technology
About the 1440 Challenge
The 1440 Challenge is an awards program — totaling $75,000 — aimed at further developing the best new ideas that help people learn, improve, and share the life skills of self-awareness, authenticity, trust, and empathy. These relationship skills help people connect at deeper levels with themselves, each other, and their communities. By leveraging communication technology and social media, winning entries will accelerate the development of these skills in the areas of education, wellness, or the workplace.
Most people don’t treat the relationships in their lives with the same level of study, rigor, or practice that are applied to areas such as academics, sports, or their careers. Yet the bonds we build with friends, loved ones, and members of our communities are some of the most important efforts of our lives — and certainly the most memorable.
Deep, meaningful relationships require people to understand themselves and each other, be aware of their motivations, share authentically, build trust, and have empathy. We believe these critical life skills should be practiced and mastered along with the traditional Three R’s — reading, ’riting (writing), and ’rithmetic (arithmetic) — in what we call the Fourth R: relationship.
1440 Foundation, named for its focus on improving how we spend the minutes of each day, believes that now is the time to develop relationship skills and connect to ourselves, each other, and to our communities. The 1440 Challenge seeks to find, reward, and nurture the best ideas that inspire people to focus on relationships and become champions of compassion. Ideas can be curricula, tools, apps, or other solutions that mobilize understanding, development, and the use of these critical life skills.
Up to three prizes of $25,000 each will be awarded. In addition to the prize money, winning individuals may have the opportunity to receive ongoing support and mentoring from a team of professional advisers separate and apart from the 1440 Foundation. Winning U.S. public charities may have the opportunity to receive ongoing support and mentoring from a team of professional advisers which may be connected with the 1440 Foundation or may be separate and apart from the 1440 Foundation, or both.
At any time during the competition, participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive in the 1440 Challenge discussion on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media in which 1440 Foundation engages. Participation in the discussion enhances an entrant’s prospects in the competition, and provides the 1440 Challenge community an opportunity to understand the entrant’s project more completely.
1440 Challenge Deadlines
May 1, 2012 — This early-bird deadline, 5:00 p.m. PST on May 1, comes with a special perk. The best entry as chosen by 1440 staff (not contest judges) will win an exclusive one-hour consultation session with experts from the 1440 Foundation. The winner can refine and resubmit his or her application up until the final deadline.
June 1, 2012 — Last call for entries is June 1, 2012. No entries will be accepted after 12:59 p.m. PST on June 1.