Hello All,

Thanks to the participating teams, and all of you for supporting the Big Ocean Button Challenge sponsored by the XPRIZE Ocean Initiative. We have seven winners announced in this piece in Scientific American - 7 Award Winning Apps Launch a Mobile Age for the Ocean Economy - who will split $100,000 in prizes. 14 finalists submitted working apps on the app store, and the competition was tight, due to the quality and diversity of the ocean app submissions. 

Three steps you can take to help support the teams: 

1. Download the apps and use them! Provide feedback.

2. Spread the word, by sharing the article 7 Award-Winning Apps Launch a Mobile Age for the Ocean Economy on social media. #bigoceanbutton @xprize @iamherox

3. Support the teams with connections, funders/investors, public relations, and speaking opportunities. Reach out and connect with the app developers, both winners and non-winners, to offer your help as they continue to grow their solutions.

XPRIZE is now kicking off a road show to promote the apps, and have been making connections with ocean tech accelerators, impact investors, data scientists, and securing talks and panels. If you have an opportunity to help, please feel free to reach out to the teams, or to us at XPRIZE. 

Thanks again for all of the community support for this challenge in turing ocean data into the ocean services we need, and for supporting the innovators along their journey. Onward! 

For the oceans,

Matthew Mulrennan

Director, Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE