A crowdfunding bid to raise money for an innovative ocean cleaning technology has been launched, looking for a total of $2 million.
Developed by teen entrepreneur Boyan Slat, the ‘passive clean-up concept’ uses the natural currents to let the oceans clean themselves.
He presented the idea at TEDx Delft 2012, where registration of his presentation – in video below – went viral and was watched and shared millions of times on the web.
This convinced him even more to pursue his idea and prove his concept’s feasibility, according to the crowdfunding pitch.
In 2012, the concept was awarded Best Technical Design at the Delft University of Technology, and took second place at the iSea sustainable innovation award by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
Slat has also been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50).
In 2013 the Ocean Cleanup was founded, a foundation focused on developing technologies to extract, prevent and intercept plastic pollution. Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Slat currently leads a team of approximately 100 volunteers, and temporarily paused his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup.YouTube