X Prize Foundation to Develop Wildfire-Fighting Prize

Chairman and CEO , X Prize Foundation, Dr. Peter Diamandis speaks during a presentation by Qualcomm at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at The Venetian on January 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chairman and CEO , X Prize Foundation, Dr. Peter Diamandis speaks during a presentation by Qualcomm at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at The Venetian on January 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The X Prize Foundation is developing a contest for technology that can detect and extinguish wildfires before they grow too large.

X Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis made the announcement Friday at the Near Future Summit in La Jolla, California. Diamandis says it will take about 100 days to develop the rules for the contest. After that, the foundation will try to find a sponsor and launch the competition.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom joined Diamandis on stage for the announcement. California has experienced its deadliest and most destructive wildfires in history in the past two years.

Newsom has solicited proposals from academics, private companies and entrepreneurs for innovative ways to address California’s wildfire problem. The state hopes to test products in the field this upcoming fire season.

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