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GloFouling Webinars

The Biofouling Innovation Challenge Competition


Thursday 19 May 2022

Webinar closed, recording available here



The webinar will explain in detail the main aspects of the Innovation Challenge, what are the three categories and how to submit an entry to the competition.

The Innovation Challenge is open to solutions and technologies applicable to any maritime industry or infrastructure that may be affected by biofouling, including all types of ships, port infrastructure, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, ocean renewable energies, scientific and communications instruments and ocean dredging. The competition will also consider solutions that may be less mature but have strong potential for creating real innovation breakthroughs.

Proposals will be shortlisted by a panel of experts on biofouling, with a view to participate in a pitchfest event to be organized during Sustainable Ocean Summit in October 2022, with representatives from the investment community.

Additionally, multiple candidates and solutions addressing biofouling, will also be compiled and profiled on TOOL as "Solutions to watch" within each of the 3 categories. Candidates and proposals from “Solutions to watch” may be offered mentoring or other supporting resources from the challenge partners, aiming to strengthen the impact of the competition by enabling candidates to connect with dedicated innovation and growth specialists, or for building clear, compelling and credible investment propositions

Presented by:

Tina Liu, COO, World Ocean Council (WOC), and Birgit Liodden, Founder & CEO, The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL)

Tina Liu leads WOC’s strategic development, supervises project execution, alongside organization’s daily operation . Prior to WOC, Tina’s experience is in shipping intelligence with projects in global ports and maritime clusters. She was the Vice President of Elane Inc., a Chinese technology and information provider for Shipping, Supply Chain, Commodity Trading industries. Prior to Elane Inc, she worked in Drewry Shipping Consultant in London, Singapore and Shanghai offices. She established and managed Drewry China operation. Tina is the managing committee member of Young Professionals in Shipping PRC, a not for profit organisation to bring young talent in the shipping community together and become the next generation leaders. She has received the founding awards for Professional achievement of British Alumni from British Council. Tina holds a Ph.D. degree from University College London in Transportation Studies.

Birgit is the Founder & CEO for The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL), a global ecosystem for innovators within ocean & renewable energy, recently launching the world's first interactive map and resource matching platform connecting innovators across startup and established industries focused on ocean & the SDGs. Liodden is Chair of the Norwegian Association for Environmental Boats, and board member of TECO2030, Greenstat, Bellona Foundation, Kuniko (ASX) and TheFactory - covering hydrogen infrastructure, circular mining, sustainable finance and environment. She is also on the sustainability board of battery company Beyonder. With a mixed background of serial entrepreneur & corporate leadership, Birgit has 17 years of experience from global leadership roles across the maritime sector, including as former Director of Nor-Shipping, founder of YoungShip International, and Global project manager of systems & processes at Wilh. Wilhelmsen.

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