Are you working on game-changing solutions for a sustainable blue economy? Apply to be an Ocean Changemaker and showcase your ideas on a global stage – supported by Destination Canada.
We need innovative, passionate leaders to foster a sustainable blue economy and ensure a healthy future for our seas. Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative—with support from Destination Canada—is excited to host the third annual Ocean Changemakers Challenge, a competition showcasing leading changemakers working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges. It is aimed at early-career researchers or professionals.
Three finalists will be invited to present their business idea and vision for a blue economy during a special ocean changemakers session at the World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit in Halifax, Canada, in October 2022. By “blue economy” we mean a sustainable ocean economy that harnesses marine ocean resources for long-term economic development and social prosperity while protecting the environment in perpetuity. This year’s challenge is supported by Destination Canada.
“Winning the Ocean Changemakers Challenge and speaking at the World Ocean Summit has given us the credibility to get a seat at the table with big, influential organisations. Even though an increasing number of companies are getting serious about innovation, data and decarbonisation, securing that key first meeting still remains a major challenge for every start-up. ” – 2021 Challenge winner Casimir Morobé of Toqua
To help bring the changemakers’ ideas to life, they will receive guidance from renowned ocean leaders as part of a 12-month mentorship programme that will begin shortly before the summit.
Alliance, Steven was IBM’s Chief Data Strategist and member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. He helped invent Internet Insurance and the Data Governance Industry. He served on the US Commerce Department Data Advisory Council, NY Civil Liberties Board of Directors, and was a co-chair of industry standards committees at W3C and OASIS. He holds four patents and two US President’s Volunteer Leadership Awards, has co-authored marine science papers, white papers on Smart Cities, and gave a TEDx Talk on Africa Open Data.
Researchers, early-career professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators with solutions to tackle some of the ocean’s greatest challenges, including for example marine pollution, overfishing and overexploitation of marine resources, unsustainable aquaculture, marine engineering and oil drilling, and destruction of ocean habitats.
Individuals who have been recognised by local communities but not yet by the international ocean community.
Individuals who are driving change locally and have innovative solutions we could learn from to scale ocean solutions rapidly.
How to enter
To enter the Ocean Changemakers challenge, applicants need to submit a short video of no longer than 1 minute in which they address the following question:
“How are you contributing to the sustainable development of the ocean economy? How would you benefit from an ocean leader as a mentor?”
The video should highlight how your work or academic study is creating innovative, viable, scalable and action-oriented business solutions to sustainable blue-economy challenges.
The video should be sent as an unlisted video link on YouTube or Vimeo, or uploaded in a common video format, such as AVCHD, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, WEBM or WMV.
The judges will select three winning applicants, each of whom will receive:
Travel and accommodation, in order to attend the World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit in Halifax, Canada, in October 2022;
An opportunity to present the innovation to the World Ocean Tech and Innovation Summit audience during a dedicated session;
A dedicated “pod” where they can introduce and showcase their innovation to the World Ocean Tech and Innovation attendees; and
Mentoring from a high-profile ocean mentor, who will work with them over a 12-month period to help refine their ideas and shape their leadership skills.