Robot Race is On! (+ Winners of Contests...)

Last week was quite an exciting and eventful week at the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Hopefully most of you had the chance over the weekend to catch up on some of the news surrounding the announcement of 8 new teams and the final roster of 29 teams, headquartered in 17 countries. The story was covered on CNET, Popular Mechanics, Slashdot, Wired, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and others, in case you are looking for some good GLXP reading. Congratulations to all of the teams on signing the final rule set. The race is on!

Over the past couple of months, we've occasionally discussed the process of reaching the final 29 teams. Will Pomerantz predicted in a December blog post (when we had 21 official teams and 9 Letter Of Intent signatories) that based on past conversion rates of LOI teams, we would likely have 6 or 7 additional teams register before the deadline of Dec. 31, 2010, for a total of about 28 final teams. As Will stated then, the statistics don't lie -- and we were thrilled that the final number was actually very close (and slightly higher) than his prediction.


Now for the fun part. At the end of Will's December post, he asked for your best guess at how many teams that we would end up with. Now that the formal announcement has been made, we're happy to report the winner of that contest is commenter "Thu" with a guess of 30 teams. Congratulations!

The second contest that we held was a "Guess the new countries" competition, where we asked you which countries you predicted would be formally represented in the announcement last week. Three of you correctly guessed 3 of the new countries: @Wroadd, @larsan, and user 'Mat'. The new countries represented in the announcement last week included Chile, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, and India! Congratulations to the winners -- an X PRIZE pack is on it's way to your doorstep. If you're lucky, I'll even throw in a Moonpie. :)

Thanks to everyone that participated in the contests -- we'll have more coming up in the future, so keep an eye on this blog!

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