The XPrize Foundation just announced the new deep ocean exploration prize. I’d be eager to hear if there are any OpenROVers planning to enter. Let us know!
The $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration.
The success of this prize will allow us to fully explore and map the ocean floor, and uncover our planet’s greatest wonder and resource for the benefit of humanity. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) $1 million bonus prize will incentivize teams to develop technologies to detect the source of chemical and biological signals underwater.
The $7 million prize purse will be awarded as follows:
Grand Prize: $4 million will be awarded to the first place team that receives the top score that meets or exceeds all minimum requirements.
Second Place Prize: $1 million will be awarded to the second place team that receives the second highest score that meets or exceeds all minimum requirements.
Milestone Prize: $1 million will be split among the top (up to) 10 teams from round 1.
NOAA Bonus Prize: $1 million will be awarded in round 1 to the team that successfully identifies the source of an established biological or chemical signal. This will roll over to round 2 if there are no winners in round 1. Participation in the bonus prize will be voluntary for registered teams.
Teams will compete in two rounds for a total prize of $7 million:
Round 1 testing will be conducted at 2,000 meters depth.
Round 2 testing will be conducted at 4,000 meters depth.
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:
- a high resolution bathymetric map
- images of a specified object
- identify archeological, biological or geological features
- track a chemical or biological signal to its source (bonus prize)
Please see Competition Guidelines for more details.