In Michigan’s bid to find best idea for stopping Asian carp, livestream showdown looms in Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge

The Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge’s four finalists will compete for $500,000 in cash on Tuesday, live-streamed at

Four Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge finalists – a software consultant, a robotics professor, a civil engineer and a hydraulic engineer – will compete for $500,000 in cash prizes during the “Carp Tank” livestream event Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time at

Finalists each will have 15 minutes to explain their proposed methods for keeping invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes and five minutes to respond to questions from a four-judge panel.

In February 2017, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge, a worldwide search for ideas to stop invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes.

InnoCentive, a global crowdsourcing company, posted the challenge from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2017, through its online challenge center,, netting 353 entries from 27 countries.

All solutions were submitted anonymously. Entrants’ names and credentials were withheld until finalist and runner-up solutions were selected. A panel of expert judges selected four finalists, who each received $10,000 and the opportunity to compete in Tuesday’s Carp Tank for prizes of $200,000, $125,000, $100,000 and $75,000.

Invasive bighead, silver and black carp can significantly alter the Great Lakes ecosystem, affecting the $7 billion fishery, $16 billion boating industry and others dependent on the Great Lakes and its tributaries.

In June 2017, a silver carp was caught just nine miles away from Lake Michigan, below the electric barrier system designed to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes.  In 2010, a bighead carp was also captured below the barrier system.

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