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The Our Ocean conferences were initiated by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014, with the aim to put oceans on the foreign policy agenda, and create a platform where leaders from government, business and civil society meet on an equal footing to promote action and innovation for clean, healthy and productive oceans. The Oslo conference will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure sustainable future economic growth. It will emphasize integrated management of sea and coastal areas as the key to protection and sustainable use of the oceans. Read more information.
The intended theme for the Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit is “Co-creating the Sustainable Blue Economy”. Following Norway’s global leadership in integrated ocean management, the summit programming will intend to inspire, inform, and empower participants to build holistic solutions that better balance the needs of society, industry and the ocean environment.
Applications for the Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit, which will take place in Oslo, Norway on October 23-24, 2019, are now open! We invite problem solvers and sustainability champions (below 35 years old) to submit their application online before July 5th, 2019 11:59pm PST. The 100 selected participants from over 50 countries will receive one complimentary guest pass and scholarship* to the summit! If you have questions, read the FAQ or contact our team via email here.
*Scholarships to cover travel expenses may become available.
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
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.
7:30- 8:00 REGISTRATION / NETWORKING
8:00– 8:20 OPENING REMARKS:
Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit 2019 Video
Daniela Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Anne Husebekk, Rector, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development
8:20– 8:35 OPENING KEYNOTE: A DATE WITH THE OCEAN
Afroz Shah, Champion of the Earth, UNEP
8:35– 9:45 IDEAS MARKETPLACE: PROJECTS TO INSPIRE OUR BOOTCAMP
In the Ideas Marketplace, participants who submitted their projects for the challenge will have 60 seconds to share their ocean commitment, idea, or vision in front of an audience of over 100 attendees based on one of the 6 areas of action (climate change, marine pollution, MPAs, maritime security, sustainable blue economy, sustainable fisheries). Please note no visuals nor presentations will be allowed.
9:45 - 10:00 MENTOR MEET & GREET/ COFFEE BREAK & SNACKS
10:00 - 10:15 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THINKING
10:15 - 10:20 BOOTCAMP KICKOFF WITH PRIME MINISTER ERNA SOLBERG
The Prime Minister will provide opening remarks and interact
with teams solving challenges around overfishing, marine pollution, blue carbon, coral reefs, and ecotourism.
10:20 - 11:10 BOOTCAMP: PHASE 1 (DEFINING THE PROBLEM)
11:10 - 12:00 BOOTCAMP: PHASE 2 (IDEATION)
12:00 - 13:00 BOOTCAMP: PHASE 3 (PROTOTYPING)
13:00 - 13:45 LUNCH
13:45- 14:00 FIRESIDE CHAT ON TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP
Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S State Department
14:00- 15:30 BOOTCAMP: PHASE 4 (TESTING & ITERATING)
15:30- 15:45 COFFEE BREAK
15:45 - 16:25 LIGHTNING TALKS ON SCALING OCEAN SOLUTIONS
16:25– 16:30 ANNOUNCING BLUE NEW DEAL & CLOSING REMARKS
Daniela Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
16:30- 19:00 FREE TIME: PARTICIPANTS CAN RETURN TO HOTEL
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.
(Note soft drinks, pizza and a salad bar will be served at Felix between 6.00-7.00pm)
8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION / NETWORKING & COFFEE
Group Photo (location TBD)
9:00– 9:15 OPENING KEYNOTE
Ambassador Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Oceans, United Nations
9:15– 10:10 WORKSHOP: PITCHING THE SOLUTION
Bård Borch Michalsen, Professor, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
10:10– 10:25 QUICK BREAK & PITCH WORK SESSION
10:25 - 12:15 SHARK TANK
All 20 teams go on stage to pitch their projects to an illustrious jury (3-4 judges) for 1 minute followed by 3 minute Q+A from jury.
Jury Members (additional members will be confirmed shortly)
12:15 - 12:20 QUICK BREAK
12:20 - 12:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE:
First Lady Debbie Remengesau of Palau
12:30 - 12:40 ANNOUNCING THE WINNING PROJECT:
Short introduction from the Crown Prince before he announces the winning project. Meet and greet on stage.
12:40 - 12:45 YOUNG OCEAN INNOVATOR ANNOUNCEMENT
UNESCO-IOC & RevOcean (tentative)
12:45 - 13:00 GROUP REFLECTIONS & CLOSING REMARKS
13:00– 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH WITH OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE
13:30-15:00 WINNING TEAM MEETS WITH MENTORS TO PRACTICE PITCH
13:30-17:00 OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE / PARTICIPATION TO TOPICAL
REST OF PROGRAM IS OFFICIAL OUR OCEAN PROGRAM