Come innovate with us!

The ocean is crying out for new ideas to survive and thrive! The Ocean Community Challenge (OCC) is a global challenge calling for these innovative solutions to solve ocean challenges. 


The driving force behind OCC is to inspire people to see the new opportunities that the ocean offers and to explore how emerging technologies leveraged with ocean resources could help solve the challenges of the ocean. 


We encourage the fast “design-build-test” approach and encourage the participants to experiment by building prototypes based on Technology, Ocean Resources, and Circular Economy Principles.


Our goal is to support and prepare the participants to take the next step into commercializing their ideas. We are working with experts and organizations within a wide range of ocean and tech-related activities - all dedicated to supporting the participants in developing and detailing high-impact solutions. 

How to participate

Participation is free!


The submission process consists of three phases:

  1. Sign-up to our Slack-community

  2. Select a category, or participate in “open”

  3. Submit your idea




We have defined 6 main categories for ocean challenges and opportunities, and we are working with top experts and organizations within each category. You may also submit your solution to our open category where we work with experts across disciplines. The only requirement to submit your idea is that the solution finds synergies between ocean resources, technology, and circular economy principles. 


You may participate in the following categories: 


  1. Rebuild Marine Life 

  2. Nutrition

  3. Energy

  4. Marine Litter

  5. Ocean Data

  6. Transportation

  7. Open




To participate, you must build at minimum a prototype of your product. The submissions will first go through an assessment by industry professionals, which will provide general and professional feedback to all submissions. Thereafter, the jury will select the top three submissions of the most promising solutions. The final selection will be based on an overall qualitative and quantitative assessment. Information about the assessment criteria can be found here.  


All submissions must be submitted by October 15th, 2020. 


What to submit

The submission form includes a number of questions relevant to the assessment criteria. In addition to answering these questions, the participants are expected to submit:

  1. Pitch presentation deck (max 20 slides). 

  2. Supporting documentation presenting the prototype, minimum viable product or final product. 


We are excited to receive your solutions!



SUBMISSION deadline 



October 15th, 2020

November 1st, 2020

November 20th,


Why participate

Solving global challenges is a good reason in itself. In addition, the participants will receive: 


  • Professional and general feedback and evaluation of their product.

  • Networking experience together with peers and industry professionals.


The top three innovators will also receive a prize including: 

  1. Business mentoring and pitch training from top business mentors.

  2. A real “Shark-Tank” experience - pitching their ideas to angel investors.

  3. Seed funding to turn their prototypes into real products.


Find more detailed information about the prize under guidelines.

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