Celebrate sustainable innovations

Join us online on 21 – 23 September 2022

Until 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.

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! #thefutureisgreen #savetheoceans #sdg14

21 Sept

Hackathon 15:00 - 20:00 CET

Official Welcome Ceremony 16:00 CET

Science Slam 16:30 - 20:00 CET

22 Sept

Hackathon 9:00 - 20:00 CET

Science Slam 9:30 - 16:00 CET

23 Sept

Hackathon 9:00 - 12:00 CET

Closing Note 12:00 CET

Science Slam 10:00 -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 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 Mentors (IFAI) for the 7 teams, matchmaking experts and participants

Join us for a sustainable future!

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 many people can be reached with this idea?


How easy the solution can be realised 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: Modular Floating Islands by Joy Lohmann and Makers4Humanity

DIY floating islands + accompanying co-creation platform.

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

Creating bags out of algae

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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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Coming soon, stay tuned!

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.

Expert Mentors

Coming soon, stay tuned!


Coming soon, stay tuned!

Award Ceremony at the Entrepreneurship Summit

The Entrepreneurship Summit 2022 brings together over 1000 experts from all areas of entrepreneurship to show that business can be done differently and better.

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.