Collegiate Award Winners

In 2021 ten collegiate finalist teams were invited to present at Ocean Exchange in Fort Lauderdale, FL October 24-26 2021, in front of 150 delegates from business, NGOs, academia, and government. Delegates voted on who receives one $25,000 cash award and two $10,000 cash awards.

Ocean Exchange Collegiate Award $25,000 USD: for solutions that advance the decarbonisation of the maritime shipping industry, either while underway or while in port. We seek solutions that are globally scalable, and which are applicable to any segment, including commercial ocean carriers, ferries and coastal transportation, large recreational yachts, towing and barge vessels, the cruise industry, and defense/security maritime sectors. 

Broward College Innovation Award 2021 of $10,000 USD is given to the collegiate solution that advances our understanding of the ocean and that helps minimize our impact on these resources, resulting in more resilient bodies of water including healthy marine life and coastlines.

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Innovation Award 2021 of $10,000 USD is given to the collegiate solution that advances our understanding of the ocean and that helps minimize our impact on these resources, resulting in more resilient bodies of water including healthy marine life and coastlines.

Broward College Innovation Award

E-Wave from Columbia University (NYC) was presented the Broward College Innovation Award 2021.

E-Wave is developing wave energy converters (WECs) to be deployed on aquaculture farms to transform this industry to a more sustainable and profitable one. The WEC design is composed of a flap that can retrofit onto existing fish farm structures such as buoys or barges. Our WEC uses a tether-based power takeoff that drives a generator combined with an energy storage unit for consistent power delivery.

Find past winners of the Broward College Innovation Award here.

Ocean Exchange Collegiate Award

Weavair from the University of Toronto was presented the Ocean Exchange Collegiate Award 2021.

Weavair developed a new maritime decarbonization system for vessel emission monitoring and predictive algorithms that promote regulation compliance and operation costs savings for ship owners, ship managers and port operation team. The system, called WeavAir MariClean, can generate high resolution data describing the carbon, sulphur, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions.

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Innovation Award

Ocean Rescue Alliance from the University of Florida was presented the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Innovation Award 2021.

Ocean Rescue Alliance is a marine conservation and restoration nonprofit that implements innovative techniques to restore marine environments. They develop solutions that scale restoration while integrating sites that connect the local community and enable sustainable job opportunities to continually invest into our marine ecosystems. Their programs impact social, economic and biological components to promote innovation the blue economy.