TEDxDelft 2013 | Crowdfunding The Ocean Cleanup

18-year-old Boyan Slat came up with a concept that may be able to remove vast amounts of plastics from the oceans. On 5 October 2012, Boyan presented his idea at TEDxDelft.

Now, together with a group of students, engineers, oceanographers and industry experts, he has set out to investigate and demonstrate its viability and feasibility.

“I don’t know if it’s possible, and that’s exactly the reason I’m doing it.”

Now he wishes to confirm all assumptions made in his concept, and for that he and his global team is looking for a research budget through crowdfunding.

With $80,000, we can cover all estimated costs to scientifically prove the concept’s feasibility. Our research includes 35 research topics in the fields of engineering, oceanography, (geo)physics, ecology, finance, maritime law and recycling.

By finishing this all-important study, we can continue with an open ocean pilot, followed by the actual full-scale execution of The Ocean Cleanup.

During our feasibility study, we will share updates and video blogs on preliminary results through our Facebook and Twitter pages.