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Big Ocean Button Challenge

Mobile apps to turn ocean data into the products and services we need. Read Overview...
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$100,000

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Overview

THE PROBLEM

A wealth of ocean data has been and is being collected. Many of the datasets are open, yet very few are being used for resource management, business, or conservation. Most businesses, let alone individuals, do not have the time or ability to translate ocean data into actionable information, yet large industries and millions of people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods and well-being.

So long as ocean data remain disconnected from services that people and markets can use, we will be unable to engage the numbers of actors needed to address critical ocean challenges. Data collection is not evenly distributed across the ocean — some regions are in need of data acquisition, a need that could be addressed through the development of demand for data services, which will in turn drive demand for data collection tools. Overall, there is a market failure for meaningful data services, and the time is ripe for market development.

COMPETITION OVERVIEW— Developing Mobile Apps to Unlock Ocean Data.

What: A competition to develop mobile apps using ocean data sets. A total of $100,000 in prizes will be awarded for apps in the following categories: Fishing, Shipping and Trade, Ocean Acidification, Public Safety, and Exploration.

Why: Bring app developers to the trove of available ocean data in order to catalyze the growth of a potentially multi-billion-dollar industry in ocean data products.

How: Develop a mobile app that unlocks ocean data for public and/or private benefit, ideally while supporting responsible use and protection of our ocean.

When: Prize launches 9 November 2016. Teams register and submit app concepts by 31 March 2017. Semifinalists submit apps by 31 August 2017. Finalists submit second version of apps in Fall 2017. Winners announced in late 2017/early 2018.

SCOPE OF COMPETITION

The goal of the Big Ocean Button Challenge is to advance development of and investment in ocean data products and services. Many sectors can benefit from solutions for organizing and standardizing ocean data. Some applications that are in need of ocean services include:

  • Monitoring and enforcement (of laws, regulations, or protected areas)
  • Resource management (biological, mineral, habitat, etc.)
  • Education and awareness
  • Sustainable seafood and fishing or aquaculture/mariculture activities
  • Navigation and shipping
  • Recreation
  • Public health and ecosystem health
  • Safety and security
  • Climate, weather, and hazards
  • Energy production

CHALLENGE BREAKTHROUGHS

  • Catalyze development of an economic sector around services utilizing ocean data, thereby generating exponentially more demand for ocean data, and the curation of such data into accessible databases and resources.
  • Ensure valuable information about the ocean becomes accessible to millions more people than it is today.
  • Bridge gaps among entities and sectors that can make use of ocean data, including the scientific community, the tech community, ocean resource managers and governments, and the private sector.
  • Engage new participants and foster new collaborations to move this field forward.
  • Accelerate the transition of ocean data collection from a parochial activity performed by only end-users and into a broader information technology paradigm.
  • Identify gaps in data and challenges in data accessibility.
  • Most broadly, to create a vision of an ideal future ocean data services industry that can catalyze the sustainable economic valuation of our ocean needed to drive toward ensuring healthy oceans.

GET INVOLVED

  • Click "Follow the Challenge" above to be notified of any status updates to the challenge.
  • Click "Yes Sign Me Up!" above to register for the challenge. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the challenge when it opens.
  • Click on the "Share" button or social media icons above to share this challenge with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.
  • Leave a comment in our Comments Thread to join the conversation, ask questions, suggest available data sets or connect with other innovators.

CONTACTS

For general dialogue about this challenge please start a discussion on the comments thread for the Big Ocean Button Challenge HeroX page.

For questions about registering or using the website contact HeroX.

For adding additional datasets you want listed email bigoceanbutton@xprize.org or leave a comment in the Comments Thread. 

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.

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Submission Format Flexibility and 4 Updates

June 29, 2017, 3:17 p.m. PDT by Matthew Mulrennan

Hi Teams,

We hope that your progress is going well on the apps for the $100,000 Big Ocean Button Challenge! Some teams have asked about the submission process, and the judges have decided to allow for some flexibility to the entry format. A reminder your app submissions are due 31 August. Four important updates:

1. You are now allowed to use TestFlight or HockeyApp, if your app is not fully ready for the Apple Store or Google Play.

2. We are adding an ability to upload a video file to your submission, so you can explain and demo your app to the judges and the public. Please keep these videos under 3 minutes, and aside from functionality please acknowlegde the judging criteria about your app's impact. 

3. For apps that have a location specific component that would require on site use, we will allow for simulated data that emulates the location by providing a sample GPX location file or otherwise. We will be verifying the accuracy of these apps before awarding winners. 

4. For public voting, which goes live in September, the landing page will look similar to this one except users will not be able to see the total amount of votes above each entry. Users will be able to click on each entry, view the submission and cast their vote. The actual "Vote" button will be located just below the area that displays their submission information/user name on each Entry landing page. When Voting opens in September, the Entries section will become the default tab when anyone visits https://herox.com/bigoceanbutton so you can share that page with your network when it is time to vote.

 

For motivation there was a nice article in the Washington Post this week about how the App Economy is About to Explode. We hope to see useful ocean apps ride this wave. Let us know if you have any questions about the competition, and we look forward to seeing your entries! 

 

Best,

Matt Mulrennan

Director, Ocean Initiative

XPRIZE 


Final Day to Submit Ocean App Ideas! Go, go, go!

March 31, 2017, 9:18 a.m. PDT by Matthew Mulrennan

Hi all,

We would love to see you compete in the Big Ocean Button Challenge, but the clock is ticking. I know there are many great ocean app ideas still out there in this community that have not been submitted yet. Well, today is the deadline to submit your great ideas! It is quick, easy, and free. Please pay attention to the time today, and fill out your submission forms by the deadline 23:59 (midnight PST) and enter to win your share of $100,000 in prizes. If you have any questions, let us know, we are here to help: bigoceanbutton@xprize.org

For the oceans,

Matt Mulrennan

Director, Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE


1 Day Left to Submit Ocean App Ideas!

March 30, 2017, 10 a.m. PDT by Matthew Mulrennan

Hi all,

Quick reminder that there is 1 day left to enter your ideas. In the submission form there are now fields for links, documents, images and brief descriptions. If you have any questions about the submission process please reach out today: bigoceanbutton@xprize.org 

We look forward to seeing you compete!

For the oceans,

Matt Mulrennan

Director, Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE


4 Days Left

March 27, 2017, 2:34 p.m. PDT by Matthew Mulrennan

Hello all! 

Quick reminder to submit your app ideas by this Friday 31 March. Only 4 days left! 

1. Register and Submit App Concepts by 31 March 2017. Please review the competition guidelines prior to submitting your concepts.

2. Submission Format - Submit your app concepts in English, and only enter up to three concepts for each registrant. Your submission can include a description, pictures, videos or other files. The app concepts will be voted on by the public, and submitted to the judges for review. 

3. Tell Your Friends - Please share the Big Ocean Button Challenge page with your social networks and help us recruit more competitors to make this challenge a success! #bigoceanbutton

After you review the guidelines, if you have any questions, you can message us through the challenge page, or email bigoceanbutton@xprize.org

Best,

Matt Mulrennan

Director, Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE


Two Week Notice - Registration and Submission Deadline - 31 March

March 16, 2017, 12:02 p.m. PDT by Matthew Mulrennan

Hello all! 

Thank you for your interest in the Big Ocean Button Challenge. We are excited to see you compete, and turn ocean data into the products and services we need to make the ocean healthy, valued and understood.

Three quick reminders:

1. Register and Submit App Concepts by 31 March 2017. Please review the competition guidelines prior to submitting your concepts.

2. Submission Format - Submit your app concepts in English, and only enter up to three concepts for each registrant. Your submission can include a description, pictures, videos or other files. The app concepts will be voted on by the public, and submitted to the judges for review. 

3. Tell Your Friends - Please share the Big Ocean Button Challenge page with your social networks and help us recruit more competitors to make this challenge a success! #bigoceanbutton

After you review the guidelines, if you have any questions, you can message us through the challenge page, or email bigoceanbutton@xprize.org

Best,

Matt Mulrennan

Director, Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE


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