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October 12th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Winner of Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge talks about plan to remove oil from water

In the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last summer, an idea was hatched. Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Peter Diamandis of the X PRIZE Foundation decided to challenge scientists and engineers around the world to come up with a better way to clean crude oil off an ocean surface. They decided to call it the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge.

They received over 350 submissions, and on Tuesday they named their winner: Donnie Wilson, a member of Elastec/American Marine team from Illinois.

Ali Velshi sits down with Donnie Wilson and Peter Diamandis, who explain the winning submission and discuss the future of American ingenuity.


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