Celebrate sustainable innovations

Join us online: 21 – 23 September 2022

Be part of the Ocean Future Lab Hackathon


About the Hackathon 

The Ocean Future Lab Hackathon is a collaborative format for idea development and idea acceleration, organised by the Institute for Art and Innovation.

Within a limited time frame, it enables  7 young, passionate teams of entrepreneurs (selected from an open call) as well as the public and experts to find innovative and sustainable solutions in the fight against ocean issues.

The Ocean Future Lab Hackathon provides a space to push ideas forward, drive innovation and to create new value propositions. The best 3 ideas selected by the jury and the public will be presented at the Entrepreneurship Summit 2022.

•   FAQ   

•   Code of Conduct   

•   Slack Guide   

•   Zoom Guide

About the Science Slam 

And there’s more to come! Parallel to the Hackathon, a Science Slam will take place to share insights and scientific facts and provide inspiration to a broader audience. 

Furthermore, the visualisations of the workshop narratives realised by Filmuniversity students will be shown. 

Let’s change the world and create a more sustainable future together!

When? 21-23 September 2022

Where? Online on Slack and Zoom 

Join a sustainable future! #saveouroceans #sdg14

21 Sept


Idea Acceleration
15:00 – 20:00 CET

Official Welcome Ceremony 15:00 CET

Science Slam 17:00 – 19:00 CET

22 Sept


Idea Acceleration
9:00 – 20:00 CET

Science Slam 10:30 – 16:00 CET

23 Sept


Idea Acceleration
9:00 – 12:00 CET

Team Pitches for the Jury 14:00 CET

Jury Session 15:30 -16:30 CET

Official Winner Announcement 18:00 CET

22 Oct

Entrepreneurship Summit

Winner Team Pitches at the Entrepreneurship Summit, FU Berlin

The OFL Hackathon Community

7 Idea Teams selected from the open call

Hackers – every participant is welcome!

Expert Mentors for the teams

Expert Speakers at Science Slam 

Expert Jury Members

Team Guides (IFAI) for the 7 teams, matchmaking experts and participants

Join us for sustainable futures!

About the 7 selected teams

With the support of our unique network of experienced experts from the start-up scene, the circular economy and scientific research institutes, (young) people will bring their ideas to fruition.

They can expand their solutions together with other participants/hackers. Furthermore, the selected teams will be coached by experienced mentors to sharpen their ideas into scalable solutions.

Judging criteria of the selected ideas will be based on four main sustainable areas such as:


How much sea life can be saved? How much can the oceans be protected?


How many people can be reached with this idea?


How easy can the solution be realized and get adopted to a global scale?


What are the ecological benefits of the idea?

Team A: Plapla!Das Walfloß by Anoosh Sophie Werner

A solar-powered raft with an electric motor in the shape of a ten-metre-long whale.

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Team B: Upstream-Algae- Shopping-Spree by Carolin Seeliger, Kathrin Köster and Daniel Kupferberg

Creating bags out of algae

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Team C: Choral 3.0 by Jaymarlena/LocalStyle

Dressing up as corals and dancing on TikTok about their importance to the livelihoods of 500 million people.

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Team D: ICYMARE APP by Viola Liebich & Team

An app for all those interested in the oceans with the possibility of direct collaboration and communication.

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Team E: Modular Floating Islands by Joy Lohmann and Makers4Humanity

DIY floating islands + accompanying co-creation platform.

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Team F: Promote private marine protected areas! by Eike Otto & Sibylle Riedmiller

Platform for communication & knowledge exchange with local communities, fundraising & lobbying & networking

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Team G: Floating Gallery By Siegfried Schwarz

A mobile transportable structure located in a maritime environment. The gallery is an open, creative and technical space. It is a space for action and information exchange and a place of dialogue and mediation.

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All science slam sessions will be live-streamed on the Institute for Art and Innovation Facebook page.

All times in CET, Berlin, Germany!

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🌊 Wednesday SEPT 21 🌊


15:00 – Check-In with all participants

15:15 – Official welcome ceremony by Nicole Loeser, Board Director at Institute for Art and Innovation (and one of the OFL partners) 

               Overview of the Ocean Future Lab project 

               Introduction Session on the ins and outs of the Hackathon 

15:45 – Pitch Session of 7 teams (idea givers) selected from the open call 

17:00 – 18:00 Matchmaking and Breakout Session of each team to meet their team mentors and learn about other participants who would like to join their teams 

18:00 – 18:30 – “How to create an outstanding value proposition for impact?” by Louise Fuglsang

18:30 – 20:00 Ideation Phase

20:00 – Evening Check-Out

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🌊 Thursday SEPT 22 🌊


9:00 – Morning Check-In

9:30 – 20:00 Matchmaking with Mentors / Acceleration Phase (Lunch Break: 12:00 – 13:30)

10.30 – 11.00 – “The importance of storytelling – Getting your issue out there” by Manolo Ty

11:00 – 11:30 – “Dolphins and Whales: Deep Ecology. A framework for Mindful Conservation” by Fabian Ritter

11.30 – 12.00 – “Sustainable Boatbuilding” by Maurizio Borriello

13:30 – 14:00 – “Accessibility in Antarctica” by Laura Barth

15:00 – 15:30 – “Can we (and should we) make space for emotion in marine science?” by Soli Levi

20:00 – Evening Check-Out

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🌊 Friday SEPT 23 🌊 


9:00 – Morning Check-In

9:30 – 12:00 Matchmaking with Mentors / Acceleration Phase

14:00 Pitch Session for the teams in presence of the jury

15:30 – 16:30 Jury Session

18:00 Official Winner Announcement


Science Slam Speakers

Cross-sectoral experts will share their insights, scientific facts and inspiration on sustainability, the ocean, climate change and water pollution with a wider audience.

Laura Barth

Laura Barth got a Master’s degree in Physics in Florianópolis, Brazil. Currently, she is a Phd student at the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB). Her focus of research lies in complex systems, working on accessibility in Antarctica and network robustness applied to ecological systems.

Soli Levi

Soli Levi is a PhD candidate at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB). Her expertise lies in coastal and marine governance, geographic information system technology, science awareness, education and local community engagement. The scientist’s aim is for emotion to be taken seriously and considered equal to objective knowledge in the field of science.

Fabian Ritter

Fabian Ritter turned his fascination for whales and dolphins into a profession by studying biology. In 1998, he co-founded the association M.E.E.R., where he is still active today. Fabian has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) since 2003 and is considered an expert on whale watching as well as on dolphins and their protection.

Louise Fuglsang

Louise Fuglsang is Lead Service Designer at Futurice. She supports organizations in creating lovable products, services, and brands. Using design thinking methods. Working in a lean, agile way. Bringing together both user-, business, and tech perspectives. And thereby aiming to create a positive impact for both users, organizations and society.

Manolo Ty

Manolo Ty is photographer, author and filmmaker from Berlin, Germany. His work promotes environmental and intercultural understanding and has been shown in more than 70 international exhibitions. Manolo Ty has been advisor for the United Nations Development Programme and is the author of several books.

Expert Mentors

Tatjana Barzi-Vogt

Tatjana Barzi-Vogt is an IFAI board member and a communication scientist. Her expertise lies in agile project management and digital leadership. She will push participating teams towards great communication strategies for their project ideas.

Laura Scherer

Laura Scherer is the founder of the organization Circu:Culture. Its purpose is to inspire young people to work in the circular economy. Laura wants to connect them with companies operating within the circular economy through educational experiences. Before founding Circu:Culture, she had been a consultant for international operational waste and recyclables management for several years.

Buket Dönmez

Buket Dönmez is a UI/UX and visual designer with a background in interior design. She loves to bring together different design fields and experiment with them. During the hackathon, she will be available as a mentor for our participating teams to accelerate their ideas to the most.

Konstantina Mavridou

Konstantina Mavridou is a Greek conceptual artist living in Amsterdam (NL). She is creating spaces of reflection, questioning our ways of thinking. Furthermore, she surveys how we act within the multiple social structures we live in. In her work, Konstantina is using asignifying semiotics by barely touching found and bought high-tech or other devices, creating an unexpected setting.

Marzieh Sasaninejad

Marzieh Sasaninejad studied mechanical engineering, and is also an expert in User Interface (UI) Design. She worked as a content creator in the marketing and advertising department. IFAI is happy to have her in the team as an editor and content creator.

Carol Mancke

After 25 years in architectural design practice and teaching, Carol Mancke now works as an artist at the intersection of fine art and city planning. Her research practice project, Machina Loci, collaborates with individuals and communities to create thought-provoking interventions in situations and places of everyday life. 

Dr. Christian Hamm

Dr. Christian Hamm is Head of Bio-inspired Lightweight Design at the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. His expertise lies in Innovation, Bio-inspired Design, Technology Transfer, Marine Biology,  Sustainable Design and Art. 

Mona Lüders

Mona Lüders specializes in content strategy, content pillars as well as data and information visualization. She supports our teams in visual storytelling, copywriting for social media , generating content ideas, and content production – creating unique content for good causes. She has been working as a content creator for several green startups in Berlin and Milan.

Dr. Ulrike Heine 

Dr. Ulrike Heine is curator for the Marine Research Division at the German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute of Maritime History in Bremerhaven @leibnizdsm. As a cultural scientist, she has researched the mediation of climate change and curated exhibitions on artistic production in the polar regions.


Dr. Neele Meyer

While studying at the University of Bremen, Dr. Neele Meyer discovered her passion for marine environments. She then specialized in marine geosciences and completed her PhD in marine geology. Over time, she realized that she not only finds research of great importance, but also likes to chat about it. That’s why she now talks about the climate and the sea every day.

Dr. Marko Freese

Dr. Marko Freese is an aquatic biologist at the Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Germany. As a researcher, he is interested in diverse aspects of aquatic ecology with emphasis on diadromous fishes, especially the European eel. Besides management-related projects, his research may also be connected to ecotoxicology and fish physiology.

Joerg Altekruse

Joerg Altekruse has produced numerous films at the nexus of history, culture and science. He has an outstanding record as media strategist and project developer for public and private ventures. Inspired by his three adult children he founded Youth4Planet/Earthbeat, a social startup merging filmmaking with digital and political activism.

Nicole Loeser

Nicole Loeser is an international curator who works at the intersection of art and science, future studies, ecology, social design and sustainable practices. She is a university lecturer and researcher with transdisciplinary experience in digital transformation, organizational aesthetics, cultural sciences, science communication and the arts.

Michael Adler

Michael Adler is a political scientist and has been a journalist for 25 years. He was working for the member Magazin of an ecological NGO (Verkehrsclub Deutschland, fairkehr). He is an expert in shaping campaigns, political agenda setting, change management, branding, framing.

Matthias Goerres

Matthias Goerres is a marine conservationist, environmental manager and geographer. He currently designs innovative policy approaches for international cooperation and has work experience on five different continents. His expertise covers biodiversity, climate change, water resources, sustainable development, communications and event management.

Award Ceremony at the Entrepreneurship Summit

The Entrepreneurship Summit 2022 at the Free University Berlin brings together over 1.000 experts from all areas of entrepreneurship to show that business can be done differently and purposeful.

This time, the Entrepreneurship Summit aims to explore new creative economic paths and advocates for a different value system that promises more transparency, less marketing waste and clearly defined ecological goals: entrepreneurship for all.

About the Ocean Future Lab

The Ocean Future Lab project is a science communication project in the Science Year 2022 – Participate.  

Our goal is to create an impact by inspiring and supporting everyone who is passionate to join the fight against ocean issues and foster their regeneration and restoration of biodiversity.

A sustainable future of the oceans is possible as everyone is a solution holder. Together, we have the means to act on this tremendous global issue.

The Ocean Future Lab Partners

The German Marine Research Alliance (DAM) was founded in 2019 by the German marine research community together with the federal government and the Northern German states. Its aim is to strengthen the sustainable management of coasts, seas and oceans through research, transfer, data management, digitisation, and coordination of infrastructures. To this end, the DAM develops solution-oriented knowledge together with its member institutions and ensures a target-group-oriented exchange of knowledge and dialogue with society.

The German Oceanographic Museum Foundation in Stralsund is officially one of the cultural beacons in the new federal states. The museum awakens people’s interest in the nature of seas and coasts. It touches, moves, and makes people sensitive, thus contributing to changing their thinking and behaviour towards the natural environment.

The German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven is a research museum of the Leibniz Institute for Maritime History and a place of education and dialogue. At the core of its work are maritime issues of relevance to society as a whole.

Institute for Art and Innovation

The Institute for Art and Innovation supports and promotes the interaction of art and innovation pushing forward social-ecological and digital transformation. It has been working in a multidisciplinary and cross-thematic way since 2017. In order to drive social innovation, a variety of co-creation and collaboration formats are applied to achieve complementarity between different disciplines and make different types of knowledge available. The focus is on the common good for future generations within the planetary boundaries.