The $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a 36-month competition launching on 14 December 2015.

There will be two rounds of competition.

Round 1: Qualifying Deep-Sea Test

Round 2: Final Deep-Sea Test

After each round, only the qualifying teams as determined by the Judging Panel, will remain eligible to compete in the next round.


14 December 2015Prize Launch and Registration Opens
31 January 2016Competition Guidelines Public Comment Closes
25 April 2016Final Competition Guidelines Released
1 June 2016Rules and Regulations Released
30 June 2016

Regular Registration Deadline and Round 1 Begins
Registered teams may participate in a webinar offering guidance and other information on Round 1 submissions.

30 September 2016Late Registration Deadline
November 2016

Team and Judges Summit
Teams will have an opportunity to interact and collaborate with each other and meet the Judges.

December 2016

Technical Documents Submission Deadline
Teams will submit technical documents about their entries for judging. Up to 25 teams will move on to Round 1 Testing.

February 2017Teams Announced For Round 1 Testing
December 2017 — January 2018

Round 1 Testing
Teams will test their entries down to 2000m depths in the ocean. Teams who opt in for the Bonus Prize will have an opportunity to demonstrate their technologies. Up to 10 teams will move on to Round 2 Testing and will split the $1 million Milestone Prize.

April 2018Round 1 Results Announced
April 2018Round 2 Begins
October 2018

Round 2 Testing
Teams will test their Entries down to 4000m depths in the ocean.

December 2018Award Ceremony - Winners Announced

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