The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will co-organize the SOS 2017 workshop to determine the priority innovation needs and opportunities for ocean sustainable development.

WOC Logo The workshop is a powerful combination of two dynamic new initiatives: MIT’s Solve and the WOC Young Ocean Professionals (YOP) and all SOS 2017 attendees are invited to participate.

MIT’s Solve works to identify the best solutions to specific, actionable challenges through open innovation and partnership. It builds and convenes a community of technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents committed to action and to partnering to pilot and implement solutions.

WOC’s YOP is a global, multi-sectoral and educational network to catalyze and leverage sustainability in the Ocean Business Community. The network harnesses the growing recognition of the need for “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” among the younger generation of those in the ocean industries who know that sustainable development can also foster economic opportunity.

The SOS 2017 WOC/MIT Solve Workshop on “Identifying Innovation Challenges For Ocean Sustainability” will:

  • Gather the Ocean Business Community to clarify ocean sustainable development priorities
  • Identify those that could become the focus of MIT Solve Challenge efforts over the coming year (and beyond)
  • Be moderated by the MIT Solve team and supported by the WOC YOP network

The WOC YOP network held a successful first workshop at SOS 2016. The YOPs will organize an interactive and dynamic workshop at each SOS. To learn more about the WOC Young Ocean Professional and to join, please click here.

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