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A $7 million global competition challenging teams to push the boundaries of ocean technologies by creating solutions that advance the autonomy, scale, speed, depths and resolution of ocean exploration.

The success of this prize will allow us to fully explore and map the ocean floor, and uncover our planets greatest wonder and resource for the benefit of humanity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s $1 million bonus prize will incentivize teams to develop technologies to detect the source of chemical and biological signals underwater.

Teams will compete in two rounds of testing that:

Must launch from shore or air and, with restricted human intervention, their entries will have limited number of hours to explore the competition area (at depths of 2000 and 4000 meters to produce:

  1. a high resolution bathymetric map
  2. images of a specified object
  3. identify archaeological, biological or geological features
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  • Only 5% of the ocean has been explored yet it feeds over 2 billion & provides more than 50% of our oxygen
  • 3 million shipwrecks are lying on the seafloor
  • We know more about the surface of Mars than we know about our ocean floor

Prize Progress

Prize Progress

Media Mentions

May 2, 2016

Scientists discovered the hydromedusa jellyfish on April 24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports. This discovery of a totally new jellyfish underscores just how much is left to learn about the ocean.

April 1, 2016

The race is on to create an autonomous, resident underwater vehicle capable of long-term inspection operations and eventually a level of intervention. Elaine Maslin takes a look at BG Group’s version.

March 21, 2016

Key disruptive technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous inspection and coordination of multiple vehicles are set to open up brand new possibilities for the marine industry.

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