During the seven month registration period, which concluded at midnight on 2/28/2009, the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE received more than 120 registration applications for participation in the competition. Almost 80 applications were submitted in the final few days of the registration period! We are thrilled at the level of interest and enthusiasm demonstrated by so many teams worldwide.
For the next 30 days, the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE team will be focused on completing reviews of the documents submitted at the end of the registration period, to determine our final group of competitors. Having done an initial assessment of nearly 40 applications, I am confident that we will have an amazing pool of teams, vehicles, and technologies vying for the prize.
We will inform the teams within 30 days of the acceptance or rejection of their application. All teams that are not accepted will have a one time opportunity to submit additional information if they wish for us to reconsider the application. This process has been in place for all applicants since we opened registration. We will not deviate from it, and we expect all applicants to abide by the process and our final decision.
The next step for our registered teams is the completion of the Data Submission package. As we are still determining the final list of competitors, the package will not be available to the registered teams until we have completed the review process and sent acceptance letters to all approved applicants. Supplying the information to those already registered would provide an unfair advantage in the time allowed to complete the submission. Please be assured that we have the team’s best interests in mind while we attempt to keep a fair and level playing field for all of our competitors.
Thank you for your patience and support during this critical period. You will hear from us soon with the exciting announcement of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE registered competitors!