• Who can participate in the Think big, think ocean competition?
    The participant has to be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union, there are no other restrictions. We are looking for creative people with a love for the ocean. You definitely don’t have to be a filmmaker to participate in this challenge, we just want to gather innovative ideas.
  • What are the prizes?
    The Sea Change project offers seven unique experiences behind the scenes of aquaria or science centres across Europe or an exciting day in the life of a marine scientist. On top of that, the entry which received the most votes will be in with a chance to win a GoPro Hero Silver camera*.
  • Why is the Sea Change project organising the idea challenge?
    The goal of this contest is to make people more aware of the benefits of our seas and ocean. In the first place we want people to generate inspiring ideas to bring citizens closer to the sea, but it’s also a wake-up call to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean. The Sea Change project also believes in a bottom-up approach where we consult and involve the public from the start in order to make our society more ocean-minded.
  • What is the timeframe of the Sea Change idea challenge?
    From 4 January - 31 March 2016, it will be possible to submit video’s/ideas. The public can vote from 4 January - 3 April 2016. After the voting has closed, the jury will consider all the entries and decide on the winners. Brainstorm sessions will be held in seven European countries, based on the ideas gathered from the competition. The goal of these brainstorm sessions is to develop an innovative event to increase Ocean Literacy in order to increase ocean knowledge of European citizens.
  • Can I participate without making a video?
    Yes, you can! We want to gather as much great and innovative ideas as possible, so if you don’t have the time to make a video, you can also submit your idea directly to us (seachange.contest@vliz.be) in the form of a text document (max one A4 page, in English). Since people won’t be able to vote on your idea, you decrease your chance of winning the competition. However, even though people won’t be able to vote, you still have a chance of getting your idea actualised!
  • What about language?
    Any EU language can be used in the video. However, video entries not submitted in English must be accompanied by English subtitles to guarantee a wide understanding.
  • Where do I find inspiration?
    Everywhere! The ocean and seas play an important role in our everyday life. Every second breath you take connects you with the ocean because half of the world’s oxygen comes from the sea. The sea connects people, goods and ideas around the world. It is a place for relaxation, recreation and employment. The ocean also regulates our climate by transferring heat across the globe. It is a source of freshwater, food and medicine.
    Think of what’s good already and try to take it one step further, or apply it differently. Go surfing on the web, look at TED(x) movies or go looking for information on brainstorming, idea development, etc. We’ll post tips and inspiring examples on the facebook and twitter account of the Sea Change project, so make sure to follow these.
  • What if I come up with an idea together with other people?
    You can enter as an individual, or on behalf of a group. Should a winning entry be the result of a team effort, the team shall appoint one representative among its members to whom the prize will be awarded. All team members must meet the citizenship requirements.
  • If I have multiple ideas, may I submit them all or do I need to choose only one?
    You can submit as many ideas/video’s as you want. Just make sure you use a separate application form for each of them.
  • How are the winning ideas selected?
    A jury consisting of marine science and communication experts will decide which ideas win a prize. The jury will base their decision on:
    1. Public votes
    2. The innovation of the idea
    3. The feasibility of the proposed idea
    4. Possible impact of the proposed idea
  • What about intellectual property?
    All applicants will retain the intellectual property rights on the contents of their submissions. However, by entering the competition, each applicant grants the Sea Change a limited, non-exclusive, global, three-year royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, communicate, demonstrate, make available for public display and distribute the content of his/her submission for the Sea Change marketing, promotional, informational and educational or awareness purposes, via printed or digital or online media, including the Sea Change website. The applicant hereby represents that he/she has the legal right to grant such license to Sea Change.
  • Will my idea be protected against plagiarism?
    No. We cannot guarantee or assume any responsibility over intellectual property. Once you submit an idea to the website, you agree that it can be made available to the public.
  • Are there rules regarding plagiarism?
    We assume that all submitted ideas are original and that participants did not copy ideas from other people. However, don’t be afraid to get inspired by existing ideas! Just make sure your idea is sufficiently different from your source of inspiration (e.g. in the way it is applied, in target group, etc.). We reserve the right to cancel ideas that may be suspect of plagiarism in the final selection of winners.

* Under the condition that this entry is of a minimum quality as expected by the jury, both in terms of the quality and presentation of the idea.

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About the Project

Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

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Our Ocean, Our Health

The ocean makes planet Earth a habitable place to live and the marine environment is a source of vital human health benefits.

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The Sea Change consortium consists of 17 partners from nine different countries, coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

This consortium, which comprises nine public research organisations, one SME, five non profit organisations and two higher education institutions, brings together selected experts to collectively provide the knowledge, competence, skills and facilities needed for ensuring a good project development, the achievement of project objectives and the successful delivery of project results.


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