World Economic Forum Uplink - final round of Ocean Solutions

World Economic Forum Uplink -  final round of Ocean Solutions

On Monday 01 June we held the final round of the Ocean Solutions Sprint with 6 finalists, a prestigious judging panel and the entire UpLink community for a virtual event & pitch competition.as part of the  Virtual Ocean Dialogues  - a unique online event hosted by the World Economic Forum.

Awards were made in 3 categories :

All Finalists :

Ocean innovations 

Oceanium: Food and packaging made from sustainably farmed seaweed 

Unseenlabs: Monitoring illegal fishing and tracking vessels at sea  

Cubex Global - Reduces emissions by buying and selling unused shipping container space 

 

Tackling ocean plastic 

Life out of Plastic: Empowering citizens to take action against plastic pollution 

Recyglo: Providing waste management and data analytics to businesses 

Pinovo: Sandblaster which prevents rust and microplastics polluting the ocean 

 

 

All Ocean Solutions Sprint semi-finalists: 

Tackling ocean plastic 

The FlipFlopi Project: Leading a zero waste and plastic revolution in Africa 

Madiba & Nature: Protecting fisherman and marine life by upcycling plastic 

Plastic Loop: Working with waste pickers to improve livelihoods and prevent plastic waste  

Life out of Plastic: Empowering citizens to take action against plastic pollution 

Recyglo: Providing waste management and data analytics to businesses 

Pinovo: Sandblaster which prevents rust and microplastics polluting the ocean 

 

Ocean innovations 

Oceanium: Food and packaging made from sustainably farmed seaweed 

Unseenlabs: Monitoring illegal fishing and tracking vessels at sea  

Seafood Commons: Tracing seafood sustainability from bait to plate 

Cubex Global - Reduces emissions by buying and selling unused shipping container space 

OLSPS - Improving the quality, quantity, and transparency of fishing data 

 

 

Background to the Ocean Solutions Sprint 

The Ocean Solutions Sprint is a pilot framework for UpLink; a contest to surface and scale the best innovations for ocean challenges. We have invited entrepreneurs and changemakers to submit their ideas and solutions for the ocean issues featured on UpLink, such as plastic pollution and illegal fishing

The competition in 3 phases: 

Phase 1: Collecting solutions (31 March - 19 April)   

Ocean innovators were asked to submit their solution or perspective and help shape the contributions of their peers 

 

Phase 2: Developing ideas (20 April - 26 May)   

All submissions were received, with 11 shortlisted for the Semi-Final event, to be held on 26 May. A virtual workshop and pitch competition will narrow the field to 6 finalists, who will represent UpLink at the Virtual Ocean Dialogues, hosted by the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action. 

 

Semi-final judges: 

 

Phase 3: Sharpening pitches (26 May to 29 May)   

The 6 finalists will receive additional support from the UpLink community of experts, investors, fellow entrepreneurs and activists to refine their final pitch for the final event at the Virtual Ocean Dialogues. 3 winners will be chosen by the panel of judges, with awards in three categories:  

  1. The Changemakers Award 
  2. The Innovators Award
  3. The People's Award - selected by participants online

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