Hohai University Alumni Dr Mark Amo-Boateng Advances to the Semi-final of $7M Shell Ocean Discovery Competition

Ghanaian and former student of Hohai University Mark Amo-Boateng (PhD) has made it to the semi-finals of the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. DrAmo-Boateng'sled OD-Africa (Accra, Ghana)team is building intelligent low-cost modular AUV/ROV systems to democratize ocean discovery, using advanced artificial intelligence and algorithms to navigate and explore the ocean.


XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and managing incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, today announced the 21 teams representing 13 countries advancing in the competition.From a 25-country field, a panel of independent expert judges chose the semi-finalist teams who will move forward into the first round of testing. The  21 Semi-finalist team leads hail from Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.


At the end of the competition, a $4M Grand Prize and $1M Second Place Prize will be awarded to the teams that receive the top scores for demonstrating the highest resolution seafloor mapping, after meeting all minimum requirements for speed, autonomy and depth.


“Through the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, XPRIZE wish to provide an unprecedented opportunity to create next-generation tools, technologies and techniques that will illuminate deep-sea wonders and unlock a new era of ocean exploration.In other words, the competition technologies will aim to reach depths deeper than the Grand Canyon and map an area that is nearly five times the area of Paris.


Dr. Mark Amo-Boateng graduated from Hohai University in 2015 with a doctorate degree in Hydrology and Water Resource. Hohai University is proud of Dr. Mark Amo-Boateng’s achievements so far and wishes him all the best in this competition.