Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit October 22-24, 2019

Photographer: Louis Munk Klarup

OOYLS 2019: Learn. Share. Act.

This year's Our Ocean conference will be co-hosted by Sustainable Ocean Alliance and the University of Tromsø, in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will take place in Oslo, Norway from October 22-24, 2019

This will be the fourth Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit hosted by Sustainable Ocean Alliance. Initiated by U.S Secretary John Kerry and Sustainable Ocean Alliance in 2016, the Summit is an opportunity to showcase youth-led ocean solutions and entrepreneurial innovations, and to create a networking opportunity for sustainability champions to engage with leaders in policy, industry, research, and ocean conservation.

SOA is honored to report that a rich agenda has been created around this year's theme of "Learning. Sharing. Acting."

Tuesday, October 22

12:00-16:00 ARRIVALS AND CHECK-IN

Participants will arrive to Oslo. 

17:30-21:00 WELCOME DRINKS AND HORS D’OEUVRES AT STRATOS 

Welcome by Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

*Celebrity Guests TBA

 

Wednesday, October 23

7:30- 8:00 NETWORKING

8:00– 8:15 WELCOME REMARKS Daniela Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

8:15– 8:45 OPENING KEYNOTE 

8:45– 8:55 ANNOUNCING THE CHALLENGES 

PROBLEM WE’RE SOLVING:

  • Marine pollution & circular economy: Ten rivers bring 90% of plastic into oceans and we are looking for scalable solutions to reduce marine debris
  • Illegal fishing, aquaculture, and MPAs: We are looking for solutions to collect accurate data for tracking illegal fishing and improving seafood traceability
  • Acidification & blue carbon: We are looking for carbon capture and storage solutions to increase carbon storage

MODALITY FOR IMPACT:

  • Awareness/ Educational Campaign 
  • Art/Media/ Visual Storytelling 
  • Policy 
  • Technology and Innovation 
  • Business Model Innovation 

8:55– 9:05   FACILITATED COMMUNITY BUILDING EXERCISE 

Brandon Levy, Program Director, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, will lead the room in a series of exercises, dyads, and small-group discussions, with the intent of people in the room getting to know one another. 

9:05-9:45 TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS: CO-CREATING THE SUSTAINABLE

BLUE ECONOMY 

In this stimulating discussion, attendees learn firsthand from 5 cutting-edge entrepreneurs about how emerging technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, AI, and autonomous vehicles have the potential to solve ocean challenges.  

9:45 - 10:00 COFFEE BREAK & SNACKS 

10:00 - 10:05 LIGHTNING TALKS: INTRODUCTION

These short and compelling talks will highlight different

modalities for impact and inspire solutions for the bootcamp.

10:05 - 10:15 VISUAL STORYTELLING 

Nathaniel Soon, Founder and Creative Director of the documentary collective – Our Seas, Our Legacy, will discuss his work with corporate businesses,  schools and non-governmental organizations to use documentary filmmaking to shed light on Singapore’s marine environmental challenges and advocate for positive change. (tentative) 

10:15 - 10:25 CIRCULAR DESIGN

Anna Masiello, Founder of ArtZero and R-Coat, will discuss how to create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable, harnessing art and innovation.  (tentative) 

10:25 - 10:35 POLICY INNOVATION 

Verónika Mendoza, Peruvian Candidate for President

Daniel Càceres, SOA Peru President, will describe his effort to pass an MPA in the Peruvian legislature (tentative) 

10:40 - 10:45 CONSCIOUS BUSINESS 

Speaker TBD* 

10:45 - 10:50 CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE 

Speaker TBD* 

10:50 - 11:00 GROUP ACTIVITY

11:00 - 11:30   BOOTCAMP KICKOFF WITH PM ERNA SOLBERG (tentative)  

11:30 - 12:00   PHASE 1 (DEFINING THE PROBLEM)

Each group will meet to solve the following challenges through chosen modalities of impact:  

  • Marine Pollution / Circular Design 
  • Illegal Fishing 
  • Acidification & Blue Carbon 

12:00 - 1:00 BOOTCAMP: PHASE 2 (IDEATION)

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH

14:00- 15:30   BOOTCAMP: PHASE 3 (PROTOTYPING & TESTING) 

15:30- 15:45   COFFEE BREAK 

15:45 - 16:15   GROUP SHARE

16:15 - 16:25  CLOSING KEYNOTE

Speaker TBD* 

16:25– 16:30 CLOSING REMARKS 

Daniel Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

16:30- 17:30 FREE TIME: PARTICIPANTS CAN RETURN TO HOTEL 

17:30- 18:30 TOPIC FOCUSED DINNERS (OPTIONAL)

Participants will self-organize into groups based on desired topics. The topics will reflect main conference themes as well as other areas of discussions originated by attendees. 

19:00 - 21:00 OUR OCEAN FILM NIGHT 

At the Felix Cinema, attendees will have the chance to watch curated ocean-related films and shorts. Group discussion and dialogue will be encouraged in between films. 

 

Thursday, October 24

7:30-8:00 REGISTRATION / NETWORKING & COFFEE

8:00– 9:00 OPENING KEYNOTE: HOW 2020 MAY DETERMINE THE FATE OF

THE OCEAN

Nishan Degnarain, Founder, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, will discuss the key drivers in the upcoming year that will have a massive impact on the sustainability of the ocean. Nishan will provide an international perspective on a range of ocean happenings, ranging from BBNJ negotiations, seabed mining, and more.

9:00 - 11:00 BOOTCAMP: PHASE 4 (PITCHING THE SOLUTION) 

In this workshop, led by world renowned pitch coach Nathan Gold, attendees will hear about The Red Box Method, which includes nine tools to help presenters captivate their audience more quickly, easily, and dramatically. The audience will learn techniques on how to be more memorable in any high-stakes presenting situation such as with a TED talk, keynote, board meeting, investor pitch, sales meeting, or job interview. After this talk, attendees will be better prepared to present more confidently, close more deals, persuade more investors, and you may even receive a standing ovation.

11:00-11:40   GROUP REFLECTIONS 

11:40-12:00   CLOSING KEYNOTE

Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau (tentative) 

12:00-12:15 CLOSING REMARKS & THANK YOU

Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

12:20– 13:30 NETWORKING LUNCH WITH OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE

PARTICIPANTS

13:30-17:00 OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE / PARTICIPATION TO TOPICAL

SIDE EVENTS - REST OF PROGRAM IS OFFICIAL OUR OCEAN PROGRAM