DRINK: Test & Demonstrate in the Ocean

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Stage V: DRINK

180 DAYS: September 2021 to Spring 2022 (anticipated)

Winners of the CREATE Stage will have to up to 180 days to build and ship their systems to a designated test site to conduct a test for up to 5 days. Competitors will test their devices in the ocean at Jennette’s Pier in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Competitors will compete on efficiency, logistics, and system integration metrics, and will be scored on ability to meet minimal thresholds, and how they performed against the defined metrics. Only winners of the CREATE Stage can participate in the DRINK Stage.

Multiple winners will be selected, including:
Grand Prize: A grand prize in the amount of $500,000 will be awarded to the competitor with the best overall score.
Individual Metrics Prizes: There will be other prizes awarded to the competitors for a total prize pool of $500,000.

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