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X PRIZE Foundation To Sponsor Oil Spill Clean-Up Competition

X PRIZE Foundation To Sponsor Oil Spill Clean-Up Competition

If the World Cup is any indication, sporting events certainly draw devoted crowds and passionate players. So why not use competition to save the environment?

Elyse Lipman
  • 7 july 2010

If the World Cup is any indication, sporting events certainly draw devoted crowds and passionate players.  So why not use competition to save the environment?

Taking on the role of the tournament organizer, the prize presenter, and official referee for such a matchup is the X PRIZE Foundation. And the playing field? Just off the US South Coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

At the TEDx Oil Spill Conference in Washington, DC on Monday, X PRIZE Vice President Francis Béland and senior advisor Dave Gallo announced serious plans to lauch a competition to help alleviate the damage of the BP oil disaster.

The X PRIZE Foundation first awarded a prize in 2004, when it granted the $10 million Ansari X Prize for Suborbital Spaceflight.  Since then, the nonprofit foundation has sponsored four X PRIZE challenges, all geared for inciting entrepreneurial creativity to achieve breakthroughs that benefit humanity.

In an interview with CNN, Béland said that 35,000 ideas have already been submitted to BP, the government, and non-profit organizations like the X PRIZE Foundation.

Although just in the beginning stages, the X PRIZE competition would focus on finding rapid and efficient means for cleaning up ocean oil spills along coastlines.  More details to be released in the upcoming weeks.

X PRIZE Foundation

CNN: “X Prize’s multimillion-dollar challenge for Gulf oil solutions”

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