December 16th, 2023 | PT | Online
Endorsed by the United Nations Ocean Decade, the Brilliant Blue Challenge recognizes the pivotal role that the ocean plays in our ecosystem. This initiative is a testament to the UN’s call for action to safeguard our ocean, promoting the sustainable and responsible use of this vital resource.
The inaugural competition is scheduled to be held virtually on the 16th of December, 2023, and the public is welcome to join and cheer on young innovators. The vision includes transitioning to an in-person event in the years to come.
Objectives of the Brilliant Blue Challenge
1. Raising Awareness: The ocean remains a largely unexplored frontier, holding untold opportunities in various industries, from marine biology to sustainable energy. The Brilliant Blue Challenge seeks to raise awareness among students about the vast potential of the ocean industries. By shedding light on these opportunities, we hope to inspire a new generation of ocean innovators and enthusiasts.
2. Leveraging STEM Skills: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills are essential for addressing the challenges faced by the ocean, such as climate change, pollution, and overfishing to name a few. The competition encourages students to apply their STEM knowledge to solve real-world problems, empowering them to make a meaningful impact on the world.
3. Fostering Skills: The Brilliant Blue Challenge goes beyond STEM by fostering a wide range of skills. It nurtures not only technical expertise but also soft skills such as critical thinking, communication, and teamwork. Furthermore, it encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, preparing students to become future industry leaders and innovators.
4. Empowering Career Decisions: For many students, choosing a career path is a daunting task. The ocean industry and related sectors offer a wide array of opportunities. By participating in the Brilliant Blue Challenge, students gain insights into these sectors, helping them make informed decisions about their future careers. They’ll understand the significance of their roles in preserving and harnessing the ocean’s potential.
5. Experiential Learning and Industry Connections: The competition provides an experiential learning platform where students can put their knowledge to the test. Through this challenge, they’ll not only learn about the theoretical aspects of ocean-related issues but also engage with professionals from the industry through the mentorship program. This connection to experts allows students to explore real-world challenges and solutions.