The Economist Events is delighted to announce the final winner of the first Ocean Innovation Challenge is: Liquid Robotics.

Liquid Robotics' energy-efficient wave glider collects real-time data that can be used to track weather, to conduct oceanographic research and to curb illegal activities in MPAs and EEZs. For more information: http://liquidr.com/.

Below are the three finalists of its first Ocean Innovation Challenge, part of World Ocean Summit 2015: Eyes on the Seas, Liquid Robotics and Rightship who presented their innovations at World Ocean Summit. 

Eyes on the Seas

Can technological solutions end illegal fishing? Project Eyes on the Seas believes that strategic use of data for surveillance and tracking can put a stop to suspicious fishing activity.

Sylvia Earle, explorer-in-residence of National Geographic Society shared her views on the innovation: “The existence of this facility should make illegal fishers (with their links to human, drugs and arms trafficking) wary as they know their activities can be tracked and ships apprehended when they arrive at port. [This is] truly a breakthrough vital to building a sustainable blue economy, already in operation and scalable to include a focus on especially sensitive ocean areas. “

Liquid Robotics

Liquid Robotics' energy-efficient wave glider collects real-time data that can be used to track weather, to conduct oceanographic research and to curb illegal activities in MPAs and EEZs.

Margot Kane, vice-president of strategy at Calvert Foundation commented on this innovation, “This presents a case for a product that could underpin an open source, global data mine of all things ocean – spurring regulatory, science & conservation and business markets to respond to create more effective policies, informed conservation strategies, and new business opportunities.“

Rightship

Rightship aims to reduce greenhouse gases in the shipping industry by employing efficiency ratings to freight and shipping vessels similar to ratings applied to motor vehicles. 

Kelly Wachowicz, partner at EKO Asset Management said, “RightShip’s GHG Emissions Rating fosters greater accountability among shipping owners and investors, and empowers customers to choose more cost effective, fuel efficient vessels.  Given the enormous impact that climate change is likely to have on ocean and coastal habitats in the form of rising sea levels, rising water temperatures, ocean acidification, and their consequent impacts on biodiversity and total fisheries biomass, the shipping industry’s role in reducing GHG emissions is essential.”

 

Winner of the special social edition

As part of the Ocean Innovation Challenge, we also invited fans and followers to pick their winner among the top 12 shortlist entries via an online voting. The campaign closed on May 1st with 3,800 votes. The winner of the Ocean Innovation Challenge - social edition is Community Fishers who will be invited to World Ocean Summit as a delegate.

Pick your winner of the Ocean Innovation Challenge - social edition!

As part of the Ocean Innovation Challenge, we invite our followers and fans to get in on the action and cast your vote.  View all videos from our top 12 finalists for the Ocean Innovation Challenge and tell us who you think deserves to win. Which of these contributes most to the 'blue economy', presenting an environmentally sustainable and commercially viable idea, technology or process?

The top selection from our online voting will receive a VIP pass to attend The Economist Events' World Ocean Summit to meet with thought-leaders from business and government on June 3rd-5th in Cascais, Portugal. Cast your vote now! 

Please note:

  • This voting is separate from expert judging panel's process. The voting result will not in any ways affect the judging panel's decisions on the final three winners who will present at the World Ocean Summit. 
  • If the winner of this online vote is one of the top three finalist (to be announced May 4th 2015), as selected by the Ocean Innovation Challenge judging panel, the innovation with the next highest total votes falling outside the top three will be granted the social media challenge prize.  
  • One representative from the winning company/organisation of the public voting will be invited to attend the World Ocean Summit (June 3rd-5th, Lisbon, Portugal) as a delegate. 
  • Each visitor is only allowed to vote once.

The voting has now closed. View the results.

Here are the 12 shortlist entries for the Ocean Innovation Challenge. The top three finalists will be selected by our expert judging panel and be announced in May. Click on the image to see their videos.

1. Net Positiva

Net Positiva provides incentives for the local community to clean up its ocean while building a skateboards from used discarded fishing nets. 

2. Harbo

Harbo aims to provide a revolutionary way of containing oil spills in the ocean. 

3. Kampachi Farms

Kampachi farms takes aquaculture into deeper water, further offshore to scale production of fish in an environmentally responsible manner with the world's first un-anchored fish pen. 

4. The Brando

This luxury resort's Seawater Air-conditioning (SWAC) system uses deepwater to provide cool air to the entire facility.

5. Rightship

Rightship aims to reduce greenhouse gases in the shipping industry by employing efficiency ratings to freight and shipping vessels similar to ratings applied to motor vehicles. 

6. EJF Community Surveillance

EJF's Community Surveillance project looks to local communities to help in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) activity.

7. Net-Works

Net-works looks to synergise environmental-protection initiatives with community-inclusive business by recycling discarded fishing nets into carpet fibres.

8. Eyes on the Seas

Can technological solutions end illegal fishing? Project Eyes on the Seas believes that strategic use of data for surveillance and tracking can put a stop to suspicious fishing activity.

9. SeaWEED

Grey Island Energy's SeaWEED aims to harness the power of wave energy through its innovative flat-panel, lightweight design.

10. Liquid Robotics

Liquid Robotics' energy-efficient wave glider collects real-time data that can be used to track weather, to conduct oceanographic research and to curb illegal activities in MPAs and EEZs.

11. Community Fishers

Ocean Networks Canada teams up with community members, citizens and vessels of opportunity to increase the range of its data collection efforts through the use of its mobile application: Community Fishers.

12. Stena Germanica

Is methanol the fuel for the future of shipping? Stena Germanica's first methanol-powered vessel makes a strong case and is our final shortlisted entry for the Ocean Innovation Challenge. 

TIME TO INNOVATE

The Ocean Innovation Challenge calls for pioneering minds to offer solutions which actively alleviate this tension between growth and sustainability. We invite scalable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable innovations that strive to create or enhance business practices, industries or technologies that contribute to the long-term health of our ocean. 

If your innovation meets this criteria, submit a 2-minute video proposal for a chance to an expenses paid trip to the World Ocean Summit 2015 and an exclusive Blancpain timepiece, taking place in Cascais, Portugal on June 3rd-5th where you will showcase your innovation to global thought-leaders and practitioners building a blue future. 

For more information and to submit your entry, please visit Ocean Innovation Challenge page

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