Calling all bedroom condom inventors, presuming there is at least one of you out there. On his quest to better the world, Bill Gates has decided to toss $100,000 out for the construction of a better condom.
Let’s face the facts: these things save lives, but if television sitcoms (and health statistics) are any indication, a lot of folks aren’t too fond of wearing them (even if they use the condom-picking app!). So the Gates Foundation is offering a huge prize to anyone who can make them more enjoyable to wear.
In the Foundation’s own words: “Additional concepts that might increase [condom usage] uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply. In addition, attributes that address and overcome cultural barriers are also desired.”
How one goes about improving a small piece of latex is beyond me. Then again, I’m better at inventing puns than rubbers. Clowns improved balloons, so let’s see what the inventors of the world come up with.