XTC 2022 Categories

Advanced Materials - Innovations in chemistries, processes and end-product materials that cost-effectively fulfill industrial or consumer needs with lower environmental and energy impact - for example building materials, insulation, bioplastics, packaging, resins, thin-films, etc.

Agtech & Food - Innovations enabling farmers, fishers and ranchers to provide food more efficiently and responsibly, or innovations in more sustainable and responsible chemistries for human end-use foods or plant/animal feed for cultivation businesses.

Biotech - Innovations in biochemical, biomechanical and genetic diagnostics and therapies, that can more rapidly and equitably respond and mitigate ailments and/or reduce waste, cost and toxic side-effects or environmental threat.

Cleantech, Energy and Environment - Innovations in reducing the environmental footprint of key industrial processes including energy generation, or that reverse or avoid environmental degradation of air and water in natural or built-environment settings.

Digital Health - Innovations leveraging information and communications and/or advanced micro-sensor technology to provide healthcare services more responsively and equitably reducing delays, inaccuracies, as well as costs and complexities for both patient and provider.

Edtech - Innovations in providing effective education to either underserved communities or new curriculum areas such as environmental or social diversity and justice or both, and preferably at lower cost points than current solutions.

Enabling Tech - Relative pure technology plays such as devices, chemistries, components, cybersecurity, data infrastructure, 5G, quantum computing, AR/VR/UI, etc. that truly 'make possible' or 'enable' innovations in multiples of the other 9 areas of XTC. If a technology is very specific to one of those 9 areas, it should compete in that category.

Fintech - Innovations in providing capital, transactional or insurance service reducing costs, complexities and barriers to economic opportunity for underserved populations.

Mobility - Innovations in vehicles, zero-emission drivetrains and energy, or related guidance, sharing, traffic, fleet components and services - those that increase the flexibility and resilience of transportation functions while reducing their environmental footprint and/or cleanly improve roaming for underserved populations.

Sustainable Smart Cities - Innovations that leverage information and communications to improve the real-time adaptability and resilience of any element of urban living and civic welfare, reducing environmental and security threats or leveling service provisioning for underserved populations.