Applications to participate in the $1 Million Challenge must be submitted by May 31, 2024. All applications will be scrutinized and assessed by the Performco Ltd. judge, Paolo Di Lazzaro (bio appears below.) Then, on July 19, 2024, up to three successful applicants will be notified that they have been accepted to compete in The Challenge.
Performco Ltd will supply each successful applicant with up to three lengths of linen identical in weave and weight to the Shroud at cost price - soon to be determined. This cloth must be used to create the replica. The replica submission date is May 2, 2025. Also submitted to Performco at that time are additional required deliverables mentioned below. Any submissions received after May 2, 2025, will be disqualified.
Each application will be evaluated against a number of key criteria including:
Applications will only be accepted from individuals or organizations which can demonstrate sufficient understanding, resource and commitment to make a credible attempt at the $1 Million Challenge.
There will be an agreement between Performco Ltd. and the up to three selected applicants prior to entering the Challenge. This agreement to be governed by English law with arbitration in London, England.
On January 31, 2025, about midway between the application notification date of July 19, 2024, and the submission date of May 2, 2025, the applicants must provide Performco a five-minute video update. The video must outline the progress made at the halfway mark.
After May 2, 2025, the submitted replicas will be examined by Paolo Di Lazzaro - a distinguished, internationally known, respected physicist and Shroud expert (bio below). A second judge of equal stature will be announced long before the judging begins. Both judges will determine whether the applicants have created a replica that complies with the eight evaluation criteria.
Applicants who submitted Shroud replicas will be notified by November 25, 2025, whether their submission successfully complied with the eight evaluation criteria. If so, the applicant(s) will qualify for the $1 million Challenge prize. If there is more than one successful entry, the $1 million Challenge prize will be divided equally between the successful entries
Paolo Di Lazzaro is a physicist and Research Director at ENEA, Frascati (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). Di Lazzaro is also the deputy director of Centro Internazionale di Studi sulla Sindone (CISS), located in Turin, Italy. Known as the “Shroud Centro” it is the official guardian authority and day-to-day caretaker of the Shroud of Turin. He is also the author or co-author of over 300 scientific papers, including several covering Shroud-related scientific investigations.
Second judge to be announced
Each submitted entry must consist of each of the following:
The successful applicant must also grant a filmed interview with Performco Ltd. at key stages of their attempt.
Performco Ltd. underwrites this $1 Million Challenge. The National Shroud of Turin Exhibit (NSTE) is not involved in hosting, judging, funding, offering, or paying any proceeds to any person, organization, institution, or entity that enters the $1 Million Challenge. The NSTE bears no responsibility whatsoever for any such functions and only promotes the $1 Million Challenge by Performco Ltd. in the United States.
All decisions regarding the $1 Million Challenge, including assessment and approval of applications and evaluation of any submissions that attempt to replicate the Shroud, will be made by Performco Ltd’s independent judging panel and are final.
For further information regarding the $1 Million Challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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