The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE will be comprised of four phases: Innovation Phase, Lab Trials, Coastal Trials, and Sea Trials.
- Phase 1: Innovation Phase
The Ocean Acidification Solutions Fair 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.
- 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: Sea Trials
The Sea Trials will challenge the five finalists for the Accuracy Purse to measure a full ocean depth with unprecedented accuracy.
The winners of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE will be announced at the conclusion of the Sea Trials Phase. The X PRIZE Foundation 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.
(dates subject to change)
|Launch (San Francisco)||September 2013|
|PHASE 1: Innovation Phase|
|Registration opens||January 1, 2014|
|Early-bird Registration deadline||March 2014|
|OA Solutions Fair and Kick-Off Event||March 2014|
|PHASE 2: Lab Trials|
|Final Registration deadline||June 2014|
|Submissions deadline and updates to Operations Plan||July 2014|
|Judging Panel Review||July 2014|
|Phase 2a: 5-day accuracy trials||September 2014|
|Phase 2b begins 3-month lab trials||September 2014|
|Phase 2b ends||December 2014|
|Results of Phase 2 announced||January 2015|
|PHASE 3: Coastal Trials|
|One-month Coastal Trials (Seattle)||February 2015|
|Results of Phase 3 announced||March 2015|
|PHASE 4: Sea Trials – Finals|
|Finalists announced||March 2015|
|Competition finals: 5-day Sea Trials for finalists (Hawaii)||May 2015|
|Award Ceremony||July 2015 at latest|