18 teams vie for $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

From students to surfers, non-profits to start-ups, 18 teams move forward in global competition to revolutionize ocean pH sensor technology.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the 18 teams moving forward in the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a global competition to create pH sensor technology that will affordably and accurately measure ocean acidification. Next week, each team will submit their sensor for a rigorous three-month test in controlled laboratory conditions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute focused on accuracy, precision and stability. The top submissions will move on to testing in a coastal environment in February 2015, followed by deep-sea testing in May 2015, with the winners announced shortly thereafter.

Teams participating in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE may compete for two available prize purses: the $1M accuracy purse, based on performance, and the $1M affordability purse based on cost and usability.

“It is wonderful to see such a wide range of technologies submitted for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE,” said Paul Bunje, senior director of oceans at XPRIZE. “What is especially exciting are the non-traditional approaches. Many teams are using new methods and materials, such as nanotechnology, to accomplish their goal, while others are adapting techniques commonly used in other industries. It will certainly make for a heated race towards the finish line.” (…)

Business Wire, 4 September 2014. More information.

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