According to the Tampa Times,
“First, a team from the nonprofit Tampa Hackerspace won a competition to help NASA affordably explore deep space.
Now a different group from the workshop that provides equipment and space for technology projects is advancing in another contest, this one to invent autonomous underwater mapping devices that can make deep-sea exploration economical.”
“Less than 15 percent of the deep ocean has been mapped at a high resolution,” said Edward Larson, captain of the Tampa Deep Sea X-Plorers team that has made it to the semifinals of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE contest. “This represents a significant challenge.”