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This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 XPRIZE Visioneers Summit.  XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s greatest challenges - conquering cancer and safe drinking water, just to name two!

Peter Diamandis M.D., who will be the keynote speaker at BroadSoft's 2016 Connections event, is the founder and executive chairman of XPRIZE. The opening session, hosted by Peter, highlighted some XPRIZE success stories.  One of them is Carbon Transformation, or re-imagining CO2 into industrial and commercial products.  Presented was a shoe made from CO2!  The benefit and impact of scaling the repurposing of CO2 changes the outlook for our world dramatically.

At this amazing event, I was immersed in an environment outside my normal world of communications and level of conceptualization. What I expected to walk away with was a renewed and recharged appreciation for getting outside the box.  Not fearing the unknown of whether you will get there and when, but focusing on the possibilities and the pursuit of solutions to challenges and problems.

Since my college days when introduced to Calculus, I’ve always thought of the ocean as a tangible analogy for infinity. Just as the moon and Mars were at one point beyond our reach, these visioneers are reaching for infinity and they are obsessed with getting there.  How do we apply this to our everyday world? I think two words sum it up:

  • Perspective - there are people all around us working to solve huge problems.  
  • Methodology - collaboration and creativity is how you solve problems.

The bold challenges that XPRIZE has taken on will have a global impact when solved, and they rely heavily on communication and collaboration applications in order to keep the globally dispersed group in constant touch, sharing critical information easily and quickly, and allowing teams to exchange ideas as though they were sitting across the table from each other.

At BroadSoft, we provide these digital communication and collaboration tools. A small, but still critical role in helping organizations such as XPRIZE solve challenges big and small!


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