Ocean Exchange Newsletter
October 2016

BIG Pitch Competition Finalists Announced for $10,000 Award

2015 winner Nicholas Flanders from Stanford University on stage at Ocean Exchange.

Eight Student Innovators Will Present November 11, 2016 at Ocean Exchange in Savannah, GA in Georgia Southern University College of Business Sponsored Competition. 

This year's BIG Pitch finalist solutions are:
  • Reservoir - University of Georgia
  • BioCellection - University of Pennsylvania
  • RevoLOOtion - University of Pennsylvania
  • Wavve Stream - University of Houston Technology under license.
  • Renewal Mill - Yale University
  • Touch Light - University of IL- Urbana/Champaign
  • Catalytic Electrolysis for Sustainable Fuel Generation from Wastewater - Yale University
  • Antibiotic Resistance from the Sea - Valdosta State University
See 15 Finalists and 8 Collegiate Innovators Present at Ocean Exchange!

November 9 – 11, 2016
Savannah, GA  USA

Stage and presentation screens set up in advance of Ocean Exchange 2015.

Event Highlights

  • 15 Finalist Presentations compete for two $100,000 cash prizes: the Gulfstream® Navigator and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle® awards. (read more)
  • See 8 Collegiate Innovators present solutions to vye for a $10,000 prize in the BIG Pitch Competition (read more)
  • Connect with a wide range of stakeholders with interest in sustainability, from industry, academia, and everything in between. (event agenda)
Welcome to the Ocean Exchange's
Monthly Newsletter
October 2016 Edition
Our featured solutions this month are:
2014 Registrant Kopernik, and 2015 Finalist Matternet.

Kopernik was an Ocean Exchange Solutions Inspiring Action contest registrant in 2014. They connect simple technology with last mile communities to reduce poverty and empower women.

Kopernik distribution hub in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
In January of this year Kopernik was the recipient of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the NPO/NGO category, winning a prize of US$1.5 million. Ewa Wojkowska, Kopernik's Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, said that the prize will allow Kopernik to scale up its operations and "transform the lives of a million people by providing access to simple, yet life-changing clean energy technologies.” (read more)

In September Kopernik released the latest version of their Impact Tracker Technology Catalogue. Monitoring and Evaluation of NGO programs in the developing world comes with obvious logistical challenges. In an effort to support this aspect of the NGO community’s work, Kopernik has made available an online catalogue of simple and affordable apps.

Kopernik Impact Tracker Technology Catalogue
These apps make it easier for nonprofits and social enterprises to review and select appropriate tools to measure the impact of their work. The catalogue is one of the few available resources of its kind and is offered as a free tool to peers in the development sector.

High level, Kopernik hopes these apps “become a go-to source for NGOs, research organisations, aid agencies and social enterprises that are looking for a set of tools that could help optimise their program learning and enabling them to create bigger impact.” (Read the full press release here.)

Kopernik is based in Bali, Indonesia. You can connect with Kopernik on facebook, and on twitter at @thekopernik, or browse their web site at:

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Matternet was an Ocean Exchange finalist in 2015 with their solution Fully Autonomous Electric Flying Vehicle. The vehicle, now in its second incarnation called M2, is the first smart drone exclusively designed for transportation.

Matternet M2 drone in flight
The new Matternet M2, as its predecessor, is designed to address complex challenges in last mile and on-demand logistics. The updated M2 drone features automatic payload and battery exchange capability, intelligent routing and monitoring, precision landing and intuitive command and control. 

It is designed to operate safely around people and infrastructure within urban, suburban and industrial environments, and can travel up to 12 miles (20km) on a single battery charge. The routing technology has been certified by NASA and the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation.

Matternet M2 on top of a Mercedes-Benz Vision Van.

In September Matternet announced a strategic partnership with Mercedes-Benz, in particular the Vision Vans, to showcase a new end-to-end platform for last-mile delivery. Matternet’s drone technology is integrated into the roof of the van, and Mercedes routing software integrates with Matternet’s cloud technology, allowing end-to-end control of the supply chain. 

In the press release, Andreas Raptopoulos, co-founder and CEO of Matternet, says of the partnership: “We are driven by a common vision to automate last-mile logistics, which today is the least efficient and most expensive part of logistics. Through this partnership, we are building solutions that will dramatically reduce the time and cost of on-demand delivery.”  See a video of Vans and Drones in action here.  Read the full press release here.

Matternet is based in Menlo Park, California, and you can find them on facebook, or twitter at @matternet, as well as on the web at

Photos by Matternet.

Attend Ocean Exchange as a Delegate

2016 Annual Event, November 9 – 11, 2016
Savannah, GA  USA

2014 Gulfstream® Navigator winner Tony Frudakis of Okeanos (left), Raymond FItzgerald of Gulfstream, Anna Larson of WWL, and two other delegates discuss the solutions at Ocean Exchange 2015.
The 2016 Ocean Exchange event is just a few weeks away! Please join us in Savannah, along with a unique cross-section of global experts from industry, government, conservation, research, and academia.
This month's header image is by Kelly Roetto Photography.
About Ocean Exchange
Ocean Exchange is a Solutions-focused organization conducting a continuous search for Best in Class, proven solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our focus is sustainable solutions that improve economies, health, and the environment while respecting local cultures.  Our solutions improve productivity, reduce waste or reduce the use of nature’s resources.

Our Awards: Gulfstream® Navigator Award | Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle® Award | The BIG Pitch Competition

Our Sponsors: Gulfstream | Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics | Georgia Southern University
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