The in Playa Vista, California, has announced that it will launch three additional Ocean X Prizes by 2020.
Through its , the foundation will bring together a community of innovators, scientists, government officials, business leaders, philanthropists, and ocean advocates to address threats to the health of the world's oceans. The foundation also is launching an Ocean Ambassador program to crowdsource the challenges to be tackled with the help of the next three Ocean X Prizes. The initiative builds on the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XChallenge, awarded in 2011 to a team that demonstrated an oil recovery cleanup rate nearly four times greater than the industry's previous best recovery rate.
"At XPRIZE, we believe great ideas can come from anywhere. Teams from around the world, from all walks of life, compete in our competitions," said XPRIZE chairman and CEO Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. "We know that crowdsourcing has enormous potential, so we are inviting the public to help us hone in on the grand challenges facing our oceans. Whether it's overfishing, pollution, plastics, or the myriad of other challenges, hearing directly from concerned and motivated individuals will yield new and unexpected solutions."