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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

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9
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
10-11/2017
Round 1: Competition Testing
2/2018
Downselect to 10 Teams
3/2018
$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

March 28, 2018
The game is on for the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE as the competition whittles down to the nine finalist teams developing technologies and approaches to map our sea floor. These finalists will divide a $1 million milestone award among them for completing Round 1. 
March 15, 2018
Nine teams from seven countries have advanced to the final round of the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition. Their goal? To accelerate rapid and unmanned ocean exploration and discovery.
March 13, 2018
After a semi-final competition round that saw its fair share of ups and downs, these nine teams have successfully demonstrated their entries to the independent and international seven-member judging panel, and have now qualified to move on to the final round.

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