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Welcome to the 10X Prize: Clean Cooling Student Competition Submission Portal

To meet the challenge of an ever-warming planet, this competition addresses the issue of scalable clean cooling solutions for communities most vulnerable to extreme heat to foster innovation and viable solutions. The Ten Across Clean Cooling Collaborative Competition is one of the latest commitments by the Ten Across initiative to achieve a more equitable and resilient future. 

As the planet warms and populations continue to grow along the I-10, urban heat poses a looming threat to our most vulnerable populations. Communities and individuals alike seek and desperately need affordable and equitable cooling solutions. This competition awards creative cooling solutions, from technological innovations to policy and passive solutions. Teams of students and faculty from colleges and universities residing in eight states along the Interstate Ten corridor (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) are invited to participate in this competition.

Teams of 3-5 students with a faculty sponsor will bring together different study areas, skill sets, and perspectives to ensure a comprehensive and diverse approach to the competition challenge. Each team must also include a community implementation partner, such as a municipality, community foundation, or nonprofit organization.

General Competition Schedule

Specific details of the schedule are subject to change. Please refer to the Ten Across website 10Across.org, or email TenAcross@asu.edu for relevant updates.

  • Competition Announced – April 2023

  • Competition Launches – September 5, 2023

  • Application Deadline – January 31, 2024

  • Finalists Announced – February 14, 2024

  • Pitch Presentations – March 19, 2024

  • 10X Prize Winning Team Announced – March 20, 2024

  • Prototype and Testing Executed – March-December 2024

*Each individual team member, including students, faculty and community partner, must create an account and complete the Intent to Apply form.

Submission Process

  • Each team member will need to create an Open Water account and profile.

  • Form a collaborative team in OpenWater

  • Utilize the templates (budget, project implementation, presentation, etc.)

  • Submit your materials in Open Water by January 31, 2024

  • Ten Across will not accept—and the jury will not review—any supplemental diagrams or information that you do not present directly on the sheets described above under “Required Presentation Materials.”

Submission Deadline

1:00 p.m. AZ MST January 31, 2024