At the Blue Economy Challenge, everyone comes together to create a positive impact on the Okinawa ocean’s ecosystem – no matter if you are an entrepreneurial student, designer, scientist, engineer or business leader. The Blue Economy Challenge is where you’ll turn ideas into prototypes in 48 hours. The Blue Economy Challenge is a virtual event with the option to meet in-person in Okinawa – Japan.
We believe complex problems are best solved collaboratively. Everyone is welcome to join the Blue Economy Challenge. Participants are students, employees, freelancers, creatives and hopefully you.
Interact with organizations to explore career opportunities and build your network. The best ideas get the partner organizations’ support to make your idea happen.
Work in a team with different skillsets and mindsets to come up with innovative solutions and learn with others. You’ll receive mentoring by inspirational leaders.
Innovation is something you get better by doing it. This is your opportunity to gain hands-on experience by solving critical challenges.
The Blue Economy Training is a 12-week program combining six online webinars with the 48-hour Blue Economy Challenge. It equips you with the most useful innovation skills to tackle one of the Blue Economy Challenge challenges. You can join the event without having participated in the first training sessions.
Each webinar features an innovator in the Blue Economy space who shares their story. Experts are available to mentor you in-between the webinars.
We will have 6 webinars over 12 weeks on Wednesdays from 17:00-19:00 (28 Sep – 7 Dec 2022). Expect to spend a total of 12 hours for the webinars & joining the 48-hour hackathon. You can join the event without having participated in the first webinars.
No, participation is free.
The Blue Economy Challenge will be entirely virtual. Workspace might be available at selected locations.
The Blue Economy Challenge’s language is English. Teams can choose to work together in whatever language they want, but the outcomes of the event will have to be in English too. We will offer Japanese translations for selected part of the event.
The event is free for everyone to join. Our main group of participants is university students with diverse backgrounds including business, design, science, and engineering. The only requirement for participation is your full-time commitment during the 48 hours event.
The event will run in JST (Japan Standard Time). If participants join from other time-zones, they will have to self-organize work with their team members.
The application process is two-steps. First, you will have to register on our website. Second, you will have to submit a video that summarizes your idea for the innovation challenge.
You will be assigned to a team based on diversity of background, language, and challenge preference.
At the Blue Economy Challenge, you can join individually or in teams. Teams may have up to 5 people. When submitting the video, you can indicate the names of your team members. Even if you join as a team, all team members need to sign up for the event independently. If you don’t have a team after registration, we will assign you to a team based on your application.
We will kick off with a welcome session on November 4th. Day 1 will be dedicated to ideation, Day 2 to prototyping, and Day 3 to validation. Teams will have daily check-ins with the lead mentors, and office-hours with experts and partner organizations.
Yes, daily check-ins are mandatory.
Teams will have access to a platform showcasing useful resources to progress on the idea. Webinars, check-ins, and office hours will complement the support.
Each team will have to submit a pitch-deck showcasing its idea and a pitch-video. A jury composed of partner organizations, experts, and mentors will evaluate the submission based on innovativeness, feasibility, challenge fit, progress in the 48 hours, and motivation to continue working on the idea.
No, there is no pre-requisite besides your commitment throughout the 48 hours of the challenge and the 6 webinars of the training.