Avatar Director James Cameron Joins X PRIZE Foundation Board

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James Cameron. Credit: Richard Burdett

XPF PR — The X PRIZE Foundation today announced the appointment of James Cameron to its Board of Trustees.

Cameron joins a world-class Board of Trustees that includes a growing list of entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers such as Dean Kamen, inventor, CEO, DEKA; Dr. J. Craig Venter, CEO, Synthetic Genomics; Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla and CEO, SpaceX; Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author; Anousheh Ansari, first female private space explorer; Larry Page, CEO & co-founder, Google; and Arianna Huffington, President and Editor in Chief, Huffington Post Media Group. The Board actively participates by advising on where large incentive competitions (X PRIZEs and X CHALLENGEs) can drive radical breakthroughs to help address humanity’s grand challenges.


Cameron is a film director, producer, screenwriter, explorer and inventor. His award-winning writing and directing work includes Avatar, Titanic, Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss. Cameron spent years creating documentary films and co-developing the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System. Described as part-scientist and part-artist, Cameron has also contributed to the state of the art of underwater cinematography, NASA Mars missions and remotely piloted vehicle technologies. In addition to his Board of Trustees appointment, Cameron serves on the X PRIZE Foundation’s Exploration Advisory Committee.

“Capturing the public’s imagination is a key component of all critical exploration these days. We especially have to engage kids and the X PRIZE Foundation certainly does it,” said Cameron. “They really promote innovation and exploration in key areas and I’m honored to participate in the development of its initiatives.”

“I am excited to have James Cameron joining our board,” noted Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO, X PRIZE Foundation. “He’s committed to envisioning and creating the future and does not take ‘impossible’ as an answer to solving the world’s grand challenges.”

James Cameron will be honored, along with philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, on April 16 at an event hosted at the FOX Studios Lot (Los Angeles) by Fox Chairman and X PRIZE Foundation Trustee, Jim Gianopulos. To reserve tickets and inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meghan Murphy at Meghan@xprize.org.

For more information about the X PRIZE Foundation, visit www.xprize.org.