October 03, 2011 13:57 ET

Media Alert: X PRIZE Foundation and Shell to Announce Multi-Million Dollar Partnership Focused on Exploration - October 6 in New York City

Noted Explorers of Earth, Space and Oceans to Discuss Link Between Exploration and Innovation

PLAYA VISTA, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2011) -


The X PRIZE Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization solving the world's Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, global incentivized competitions, will announce Shell as the exclusive presenting sponsor of the X PRIZE Exploration Prize Group.

X PRIZE Foundation and Shell will announce their three-year, multi-million dollar partnership at an engaging roundtable event October 6 at the historic Explorers Club in New York City where world renowned explorers will share their remarkable achievements and future scenarios for exploration of space, Earth and the oceans that could lead to breakthrough innovations.

X PRIZE Foundation and Shell will also launch "Why do YOU Explore?" -- a viral video competition designed to inspire the next generation of explorers. The competition encourages contestants to create a video using their own material and other multi-media assets, such as interviews with notable explorers and footage of groundbreaking activity across the frontiers of space, Earth and the oceans.

For those unable to attend, go to to learn about the X PRIZE Foundation Exploration Prize Group and to access a live webcast of this exciting announcement from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT on October 6.


Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation

Gerald Schotman, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Dutch Shell

Richard Garriott, Vice Chair, Space Adventures, Ltd., legendary video game developer and entrepreneur; among first private citizen astronauts to board International Space Station, America's first second-generation astronaut; and X PRIZE Foundation trustee

David Gallo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, renowned undersea explorer, among first oceanographers combining manned submersibles and robots to map ocean world; co-leader of recent Titanic exploration; project leader, successful search for missing Air France Flight 447

Mark Synnott, global mountain climber who has climbed some of the biggest rock faces and ice walls on the planet, ventured into among the least-visited locales on earth, photographed the globe's most spectacular sites; and is a senior contributing editor of Climbing magazine.


Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon ET


The Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021-4971
Rhoda Weiss +1 310-741-4919
Alan Zack +1 310-741-4904