OH MY GOD! Airbnb offers $10 million to ‘create the craziest properties’ in the world

UFO Futuro style flying saucer in the UK. (Airbnb)

Airbnb distributes $10 million to create the craziest bookable properties around the world.

As part of his OMG! Fund, the San Francisco-based colocation company, plans to help 100 people fund their “craziest ideas” and turn them into Airbnbs.

The company said on Wednesday it was looking for ideas from “existing and aspiring designers, architects, DIYers and makers around the world” who have unique ideas such as the boot, the UFO house or the 6-ton potato.

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The company has seen a surge in bookings during the pandemic as part of the country worked from home and gained flexibility over where they could live. Last month, Airbnb announced that it was already seeing an increase summer travel bookings in the United States as employers continued to adopt hybrid models.

The OMG! The fund “is shaped in part by the growing trend towards flexible living that has emerged over the past two years,” according to Airbnb. “As part of this shift, Airbnb guests crave more unexpected spaces that become destinations themselves.”

Yellow Submarine in New Zealand. (Airbnb)

In 2021, more than 30,000 unique listings around the world were added to Airbnb, and in May the company launched the OMG! category especially for them.

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The Oh my god Airbnb! category page has already been viewed 2.5 million times since its launch in May.

Starting Wednesday, “anyone with an out-of-this-world idea” is eligible to submit an application online through Airbnb’s OMG! Funds. Each winner will receive $100,000 each “to make their creations possible and ultimately bookable,” Airbnb said.

Applicants only need to write their idea in 500 words, according to Chesky who said the weirder the submission, the better.

A panel of experts will access the ideas for their originality, their feasibility, the experience that the space will offer to the customers as well as the sustainability.

Airbnb will accept submissions until July 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Recipients will be selected over the coming months. The goal is for their newly built spaces to be completed next year, according to Airbnb.

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