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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 *Celebrity Guests TBA
A full bootcamp day at The Hub in Oslo to apply knowledge and technology that can help us protect our oceans.
7:30- 8:00 REGISTRATION / NETWORKING
8:00– 8:15 WELCOME REMARKS
Daniela Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance 8:15– 8:45
OPENING KEYNOTE: NORWAY’S PRIME MINISTER ERNA SOLBERG (tentative) 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: 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
● 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 organisations to use documentary filmmaking to shed light on Singapore’s marine environmental challenges and advocate for positive change.
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.
10:25 - 10:35 POLICY INNOVATION
Daniel Càceres, SOA Peru President, will describe his effort to pass an MPA in the Peruvian legislature
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 - 12:00 BOOTCAMP: 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.
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