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A $2 million competition to help

heal our oceans

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE promises to improve our understanding of how CO2 emissions are affecting ocean acidification, with breakthrough sensors that can help us begin the process of healing our oceans. Learn more about the competition


Congratulations to our official Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE teams. Stay tuned for more in-depth team information and insights as the competition begins. For now, see who they are, where they’re from, what they like to call themselves. It’s on.


  • we don’t know what will happen to phytoplankton that produce our oxygen
  • we don’t know what will happen to marine ecosystems that put food on our tables
  • we don’t know what will happen to coral reefs that protect our coasts

Prize Progress

Media Mentions

November 4, 2014

Thompson has been developing the fin for about two years, and it’s still very much in the testing phase, but this fall, he got a major vote of confidence from the industry when he was selected as one of 18 teams competing for the $2 million Wendy Schimdt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

September 4, 2014

A San Diego company has created a wireless sensor that can be embedded in a surfboard fin to measure ocean acidification.

September 4, 2014

With sea life is in danger due to rising ocean acidification, the Wendy Schmidt Ocean XPRIZE kicks off with $2 million in prize money on the line for the best methods for measuring ocean pH levels.

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