A global ecosystem accelerating
innovation for the Blue Economy

Meet Our 2022 Award Winners

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Rick Claar Interview

Learn from Rick Claar of The Martec Group about what it’s like to attend an Ocean Exchange event.

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Roger Strevens Interview

Learn why he calls Ocean Exchange a “force multiplier”.

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Collegiate Awards

Ocean Exchange to open Collegiate Awards in March.

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Ocean Exchange is a global ecosystem that comprises members of our Board of Directors, Executive Team, and experts from business, finance, academia, government, and non-profits Around the World.

Ocean Exchange 2023 Provisional Timeline

Each year, Ocean Exchange hosts an event to recognize and help advance innovation in technologies aimed at the health of our oceans and the Blue Economy. It continues to grow year after year. Ocean Exchange 2022—our 11th event—received a record number of submissions from companies around the world. Solutions represented such categories as alternative materials, CO2 reduction and sequestration, data/robotics, digitalization, energy, fisheries/marine habitat, vessel/port operations, and water treatment.

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About Us

Ocean Exchange is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of innovative solutions for healthy oceans and the sustainable Blue Economy. A 501(c)(3), Ocean Exchange fulfills this mission through a rigorous, multi-level program that includes annual monetary awards, promoting registered Solutions Inspiring Action across multiple communication channels, and facilitating access to a global network of experts from around the world. This network is the heart of an ecosystem that encourages and supports pioneering companies focused on the development and commercialization of breakthrough technologies.

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View Our Webcast Library

Ocean Exchange and the Marine Technology Society, the leading international community of ocean scientists and engineers, practitioners, policy makers, and educators, have partnered to present a collaborative webcast series. These informative and well-attended webcasts provide an ideal way to discuss solutions to important issues.

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Our Latest News

Keep up to date with developments at Ocean Exchange by reading our latest news. 

The Great Lakes Need Innovation

By Ed Bailey, Director, Marine Center at Northwestern Michigan College The Great Lakes region represents 27% of the combined US and Canadian population and 28% of the Canadian and US economic activity. It holds 21% of the world’s freshwater and supplies 40 million people with drinking water on both sides of the Canada-US border. The…

Ocean Exchange and Marine Technology
Society Present 2023 Webcast Series Focused on Pollutants Affecting Oceans and Climate Change

Navigating the Seas as an Early Career Professional

By: Colin Kelly, Business Development Manager, ecoSPEARS A childhood with summers and holidays in Long Island, New York, an introduction to sustainable aquaculture by a loving grandfather and lots of fresh and saltwater fishing led me to pursue Marine Biology for my undergraduate degree from Rollins College. An internship at Cornell Cooperative Extension Unit researching…

Economist World Ocean Summit & Expo

Ocean Exchange is proud to be collaborating with The Economist on the World Ocean Summit and Expo.  This year, the summit will steer progress by addressing the greatest challenges facing the ocean:  climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

January 2023
Early Career Ocean Professionals

On January 18, 2023, Ocean Exchange and MTS hosted quarterly installment of our webcast series, continuing our theme of engaging with the blue economy. The topic for this event was early career ocean professionals seeking change. Speakers included Daniel Kleinmann, Founder and CEO of Seaworthy Collective, and Colin Kelly, Business Development Manager at ecoSpears (Ocean…

Microcredentials in the Blue Economy

By Liesl Hotaling, President, Eidos Education There is a global need for skilled workers across multiple sectors within the marine industry. By 2030 it is estimated that the industry will employ at least 40 million full time equivalent jobs. The fastest growth is anticipated within offshore wind energy, marine aquaculture, fish processing and port activities.…
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Our Sponsors

Ocean Exchange’s mission is funded by private donations including those from Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Royal Caribbean, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, Oceankind, Marine Research Hub of South Florida, Oceaneering, Angus Littlejohn, Jr. Family, and others who share the passion for healthy oceans.

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Ocean Exchange invites you to learn more about Awards Program, our ecosystem and success of our award winners and participants. Together, we can chart a powerful course to help ensure the future of our oceans and the Blue Economy.

“Ocean Exchange has a platform to enable people with information that they need to know about the ocean and then to showcase new technologies that are on the forefront of really helping the ocean and the planet.”

“The quality of the content and the people who are involved with Ocean Exchange is all high end.”

“Besides funding, Ocean Exchange provides access to a wide area network of incredibly talented people in organizations that really do just want to help people.”

“Ocean Exchange is really about helping the little guys grow and in so doing, helping the big guys be better ocean citizens.”

“Ocean Exchange seems to be much more focused on bringing to light under-capitalized, wonderful new technology ideas. And it’s all about two-way access to this new technology and to the people who can help with the experience to grow that technology.”

“Ocean Exchange is a force multiplier to enable sustainable innovation.”

“Ocean Exchange is a global, novel innovation forum that has a greater ability to attract a broader range of impactful stakeholders than any other event that’s out there.”

“Unquestionably, one of Ocean Exchange’s primary strengths is how it brings together people from different paths. That makes its event a delegator experience as well as experience for an innovator or awards nominee.”

“Ocean Exchange is entirely different from any of the other organizations that I’m involved in. It is about sustainable innovation. I think it’s also very different in the extremely broad range of stakeholders that it involves.”

“There’s nothing better than going to an event or engaging with people so you walk away and say, ‘Wow!’”