$7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE
Nothing like a little competition to get the ideas flowing than an XPRIZE challenging teams to push the boundaries of ocean technologies by creating solutions that advance the autonomy, speed, depths, and resolution of ocean discovery. Teams will discover our planet’s greatest wonder and resource, by harnessing the combined power of unmanned underwater technologies integrated with mapping and advanced imaging systems. Through a $1 million NOAA bonus prize teams will also develop enhanced chemical and biological detection capabilities.
Teams will compete in two rounds for a total prize of $7 million: Round 1 testing will be conducted at 2,000 meters depth. Map at least 20% of a 500 km2 area at a resolution of 5 meters or higher within 16 hours. Round 2 testing will be conducted at 4,000 meters depth. Map at least 50% of a 500 km2 area at a resolution of 5 meters or higher within 30 hours. For both rounds, teams must launch from shore or air and, with restricted human intervention, their entries will have limited number of hours to explore the competition area to produce: