The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a 22-month competition that will be comprised of four phases: Innovation Phase, Lab Trials, Coastal Trials, and Ocean Trials.
- Phase 1: Innovation Phase
During Phase 1, teams will register and build their submissions for the competition. During this phase, the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Forum, at Oceanology International at the ExCel Center in London, UK from March 11-13, 2014, will take place. This phase will push teams to develop innovative solutions to ocean pH sensing and to educate the public about ocean acidification. During this phase, teams will be invited to register for the competition and submit supporting materials such as study results, diagrams, videos and prototypes.
Once a team has been enrolled as a competitor and has completed its submission, it may revise its submitted materials up until the deadline for each phase. This will allow a certain amount of flexibility and enable teams to update their submissions as they uncover more evidence or create more materials that might help them in the competition.
Teams will also be given additional resources they may need to compete such as fundraising advice and opportunities, developing partnerships with other teams who have complementary strengths, obtaining social media skills, or obtaining legal advice.
- Phase 2: Lab Trials The Lab Trials will put teams’ technologies through a rigorous three-month trial in controlled laboratory conditions to test the accuracy, precision, and stability of their sensors.
- Phase 3: Coastal Trials The Coastal Trials will place the top teams’ technologies in the face of challenging coastal conditions to evaluate their performance over the course of a month-long real-world test.
- Phase 4: Ocean Trials The Ocean Trials will challenge the five finalists for the Accuracy Purse to measure a full ocean depth with unprecedented accuracy.
The Awards The winners of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE will be announced at the conclusion of the Ocean Trials Phase. XPRIZE may elect to announce the winners of each event at a major industry conference and provide finalists with the opportunity to display and showcase their systems. Competition Timeline (dates subject to change)
|Launch (San Francisco)||September 9, 2013|
|Intent to Compete submissions open||September 9, 2013|
|PHASE 1: Innovation Phase|
|Registration opens||January 31, 2014|
|Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Forum (London)||March 11-13, 2014|
|Early-bird Registration deadline||March 31, 2014|
|Final Registration deadline||June 30, 2014|
|Virtual Team Summit (online)||July 2014|
|PHASE 2: Lab Trials|
|Entry Submission Form deadline||July 31, 2014|
|Judging Panel Review||August 2014|
|Phase 2a: 5-day accuracy trials||September 2014|
|Phase 2b begins 3-month lab trials||September 2014|
|Phase 2b ends||December 2014|
|Team Summit||December 2014|
|Results of Phase 2 announced||January 2015|
|PHASE 3: Coastal Trials|
|Phase 3 deadline for updates to Entry Submission Form||January 2015|
|One-month Coastal Trials (Seattle)||February 2015|
|Results of Phase 3 announced||March 2015|
|PHASE 4: Sea Trials – Finals|
|Phase 4 deadline for updates to Entry Submission Form||April 2015|
|Competition finals: 5-day Sea Trials for finalists (Hawaii)||May 2015|
|Award Ceremony||July 2015|