This years competition
We need a 3,000-word response, an outline structure and a justification statement via our submission form
Our Board of judges work through entries anonymously and decide on a winner, to be announced in May 2023
What is the Nine Dots Prize?
The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box.
The Prize was established in 2016 and is now onto its fourth cycle. Previous questions have considered issues around how politics is influenced by digital technologies, what home is, and how the relationships between young and old affect the world.
Latest from the Nine Dots Prize
Nine Dots Prize 2022/23 question announced: ‘Why has the rule of law become so fragile?’
The Nine Dots Prize has now revealed the question it will pose as part of a global problem-solving competition, offering US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press for the winning response. The question for the 2023/2024 cycle is: ‘Why has the rule of law become so fragile?’ First launched in 2016 and now […]Read More
Welcoming our new Board members
As we prepare to launch our fourth cycle, the Nine Dots Prize welcomes four new members to its Board. Together this group of internationally recognised and distinguished academics, authors, journalists and thinkers will help select our next winner. Joining the group are: Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Professor J. Jarpa Dawuni; President […]Read More
Soro Soke cover: Q&A with Cambridge University Press Designer Lauren Downing
Soro Soke: The Young Disruptors of an African Megacity, developed from Trish Lorenz’ 2021/2022 winning entry, is published by Cambridge University Press on 26th May. Designer Lauren Downing describes the process behind the cover for the book, its inspiration and some of the factors the team considered along the way. What was the inspiration behind […]Read More