I had a chance to meet Wendy Schmidt a few months ago. She and everyone at the Schmidt Ocean Institute and the Marine Science and Technology Foundation are pioneering some really interesting new strategies for ocean exploration, understanding and conservation. And today they announced their latest effort: the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE to help push the development of next generation pH sensors. Here's the overview:
The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a $2 million global competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists and innovators from all over the world to create pH sensor technology that will affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean chemistry from its shallowest waters… to its deepest depths.
There are two prize purses available (teams may compete for, and win, both purses):
A. $1,000,000 Accuracy award – Performance focused ($750,000 First Place, $250,000 Second Place): To the teams that navigate the entire competition to produce the most accurate, stable and precise pH sensors under a variety of tests.
B. $1,000,000 Affordability award – Cost and Use focused ($750,000 First Place, $250,000 Second Place): To the teams that produce the least expensive, easy-to-use, accurate, stable, and precise pH sensors under a variety of tests.
If there's any group that knows about novel ideas for low-cost ocean technology, it's this one! So... Any ideas? ;)