In Michigan’s bid to find best idea for stopping Asian carp, livestream showdown looms in Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge
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 www.michigan.gov/snyderlive.
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, www.innocentive.com, 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.