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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 Finalist teams. Stay tuned for in-depth team information and insight as the competition heads into its final phase. Learn who they are, where they’re from, and about their technologies.


  • 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

Prize Progress

Media Mentions

March 11, 2015

Crowdsourcing generates lots of ideas, but the important question now, especially in the tech world, is how do we turn our crowd-generated ideas into business value?

February 23, 2015

Carbon dioxide can make seawater acidic through a relatively straightforward chemical process.

January 29, 2015

When Jack Maughan first told his friends Ethan Kurteff and Benek Robertson about the Wendy Schmitt Ocean Health XPrize, they had kind of a typical teen reaction.  “Jack walks up to us and is like, 'we can win $750,000' and that excited me,” says Ethan

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