The hackathon will be hosted in 15 participating cities worldwide from December 2-4, 2022. SOA is proud to co-host the U.S. edition of the Hackathon, which will take place in Sausalito, CA – amplifying the great ideas of ocean innovators from to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
This challenge aims to develop a machine learning algorithm or other automated methods to estimate the number and area of seaweed farms in the world from high-resolution satellite imagery.
AI for Coral Bleaching Monitoring Challenge Owner: Marcel Kempers, Reef Support (SOA Microgrant Recipient)
Global mass coral-bleaching events have been continuous and severe in the past decade. Large-scale monitoring of coral reefs requires significant investment in collecting and processing data. The objective of this challenge is to use the images derived from underwater monitoring and segmentation models to estimate the percentage of bleaching corals, allowing researchers to obtain a deeper understanding of global coral reef health and resiliency.
Offshore Wind Planning and Habitat Restoration Challenge Owner: Tom Birbeck, ARC Marine (SOA Startup)
As offshore wind energy takes off around the world, mapping site locations overlayed with marine habitat types grows increasingly important when it comes to ecosystem and species protection. This challenge will enable project planners to efficiently implement measures that can help restore and protect marine ecosystems and species.
Efficient Testing Platform for Sustainable & Alternative Seafood Challenge Owner: Ofek Ron, Plantish (SOA Startup)
Today’s inefficiency in testing new ingredients when creating alternative seafood products creates barriers to progress. This challenge aims to build a streamlined platform in which alternative seafood suppliers can list their available products for testing to customers, improving supply chain efficiency and accelerating sustainable products to the market.
Ocean Regulation and Monitoring in Coastal Cities Challenge Owner: Joana Balsemão, Cascais Municipality
There is a large gap in ocean regulation and monitoring of nautical use along coastal cities. Data inaccuracies for coastal mapping and maritime activities create conflict, enable illegal fishing, disproportionately affect local artisan fishers, and impact marine biodiversity. This challenge aims to create a real-time coastal monitoring tracking system, allowing for improved coastal maritime management and regulation enforcement for coastal communities.
As society begins to transition to the decarbonization of the maritime industry, the demand for the electrification of maritime vessels is rapidly increasing. This challenge works to systematically reduce the carbon footprint of maritime ecosystems through improvements in vessels and shipping logistics related to electrification.
Who should participate in the Ocean Hackathon?
Whether you are a marine biologist, mechanical engineer, or ocean advocate seeking to support the ocean-impact space, we want you to join us! This program is open to all ages, locations, or demographics.
SOA is offering a limited opportunity for financial assistance to travel to Sausalito, California, for up to 10 SOA Ocean Hub leaders and existing Hub members.
Why should you participate in the Ocean Hackathon?
The Ocean Hackathon is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded innovators to build scalable solutions that will restore the health of our ocean. Participants will have access to top-tier mentors and industry leaders to support the most inventive solutions tackling our ocean’s greatest challenges.
This year’s edition is taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area within the coastal city of Sausalito, CA overlooking the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
The top winners of the Ocean Hackathon will receive:
A trip to compete in the grand finale of the Ocean Hackathon in Brest, France 2023
Curated support from the SOA Team, mentors, and partners
Unique programming opportunities
How to Apply to Participate
Now, it is all hands on deck to save our ocean—and we are looking for ocean innovators just like you. Click here to apply!