09 December 2008

Deep Dive ~ X-Prizes for Ocean Exploration?

My MIT colleague Erika Wagner -- who runs the X-Prize Lab connected with the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation -- is spearheading an Independent Activities Period workshop (for members of the MIT and Woods Hole community) around the theme of X-Prizes for “Deep Dive” Ocean exploration and development. As she puts it:
"In 1927, Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic to win the $20K Orteig Prize. In 2004, Burt Rutan launched SpaceShipOne to space twice in two weeks to capture the $10M Ansari X PRIZE. [Now the time is ripe for looking at how prizes might] "open up the oceans for revolutionary new exploration and science."
Besides the brain, the oceans are one of our last, vast terrestrial frontiers!


ad_astra2 said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Joost!

Imagine the Ansari X PRIZE turned upside down :)

Or remotely mapping the majority of the ocean floor...

Or the first private mission to the Mariana Trench...


Bhargav Gajjar said...

I think an incentive like X Prize for Ocean Exploration will open up "the Oceans for revolutionary new exploration and science". The X Prize workshop at MIT held recently did show a strong participation from media and the industry and the debates certainly reflected that the feasibility exists.