Paul BunjeI believe in solving our grand challenges. Trained in both science and policy, I work to bridge the gap between research and practical solutions.

I believe that we can solve the world’s Grand Challenges through the global mobilization of innovators and wise application of policy to engender true sustainability.

I believe that solving our most pressing challenges, such as climate change, requires active work at the interface between science, innovation, and society. It is at this interface that solutions are possible.

I am proud to serve as the Senior Director, Oceans at the XPRIZE Foundation, where I lead the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a $2 million global competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists and innovators from all over the world to create pH sensor technology that will affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean chemistry from its shallowest waters…to its deepest depths. These breakthrough sensors are urgently needed for scientists, managers and industry to turn the tide on ocean acidification and begin healing our oceans.

The prize launched on September 9, 2013 and is a 22-month competition where registered teams will spend 12 months innovating and building their breakthrough sensor technology. Over the final 10 months, their technology will be put through a series of trials in laboratory, coastal and deep-sea environments. The winners will demonstrate unprecedented success on five criteria: accuracy, affordability, stability, precision and ease-of-use.

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