Billionaire Microsoft mogul Bill Gates wants you to wear a condom and he’s going to give $100,000 to the person who can design the new prophylactic. According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges website they’re looking for “the next generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use.”
The Gates’ Foundation wants to focus on creating a condom that doesn’t decrease pleasure so that men are more likely to use it. The ultimate goal is to see if increased condom use can prevent “unplanned pregnancies” and help “in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs.”
The $100,000 grant will fund a startup allowing for the new condom design to be perfected, produced, and tested. If the innovation is successful there could be significantly more funding in the future.
Do you have an idea that could revolutionize the world of safe sex? Innovators are invited to submit an application (it’s only two pages y’all!) detailing their fresh take on the condom.