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GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF OUR OCEAN

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

Read about the competition

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21
Teams
Advance

  • 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

12/2015
Prize Launch in San Francisco/
Registration Opens
6/2016
Regular
Registration
Deadline
9/2016
Late
Registration
Deadline
12/2016
Round 1: Paper Submissions
2/2017
Downselect to 25 Teams
8-9/2017
Round 1: Competition Testing
12/2017
Downselect to 10 Teams
1/2018
$1 Million Milestone and $1 Million Bonus Prize Purses Awarded
9/2018
Round 2: Competition Testing
11/2018
Final Judges Summit
12/2018
Award

Media Mentions

February 17, 2017
The international competition to drive innovation in seafloor mapping has announced the teams that will take part in its semi-final stage.
February 17, 2017
The XPRIZE Foundation has named 21 semifinalists for its $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE contest to advance technologies for deep water exploration, including San Diego’s Orca Robotics.
February 16, 2017
The Shell Oil-sponsored Ocean Discovery XPRIZE moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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