You have not heard from us for a long time, in large part because Cesar Harada and Gabriella Levine have been at sea for the last 4 months. We have just circumnavigated the whole world, leaving from San Diego for Ensenada Mexico, Hilo Hawaii, Fukushima Japan, Hong Kong China, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, Singapore, Rangoon Burma, Cochin India, Port Louis Mauritius, Cape Town South Africa, Accra Ghana, Casablanca Morocco and finally Barcelona Spain. If you want to read the full report, you can go here!
Saying that we have learned a lot is a weak word. But why were we even there?
We had the extreme honor to be one of the 10 companies chose out of about 1000 companies from shy of a 100 different countries. We were lucky to enjoy the guidance of about 20 mentors, all more accomplished than one another.
In every single port we stopped people that could benefit from Protei. From the scientists in Mexico studying red tides, to those in Hawaii combatting plastic pollution, the Japanese network of radioactivity sensing activists around Fukushima, to the chinese, vietnamese and indian residents, environmental activists and scientists, South African sailors and roboticists, the Ghanian fishermen suffering oil pollution, the fast growing maker movement and engineers in Morocco. I selected videos of memorable legs of the voyage, followed by the contextual blog post link I wrote below :
Sampling Plastic from Kamilo Beach, Hilo, Hawaii, USA.
It is estimated that there are millions of tons of plastic debris in the world ocean. We need to understand this better and clean it up!
Measuring radioactivity in Fukushima, Japan.
We explored Fukushima and it's surrounding with underwater geiger counter. There are still about 300'000 refugees in Japan that have not been able to go back to their homes.
Exploring how the oil industry is harming the fishermen livelihood near Accra, Ghana.
In 2007 large oil reserves were discovered in Ghana, in 2010 oil exploitation startet boosting economic growth but damaging the people livelihood, in particular fishermen.
Protei Hackathon in Casablanca, Morocco.
In Morocco we led this full day long hackathon with local engineering students and passionated about Innovation. At the end of the day, 4 machines were rapid-prototyped.
Next steps for Protei
During the journey, we have developed a strategy to bring Protei to our community, to you, to the market. We have tested in the water and refined Protei technology. We have a better grasp of our culture, our ethics, who we want to work with, and just plain business skills. We have shipped the hoodies to some of our backers and we aim to manufacture and distribute a 1000 Protei's before the end of the year. With our remaining budget - that is very tight - we have decided to move to Hong Kong / Shenzhen area to manufacture Protei! We are currently looking for corporate partners, philanthropy, corporate sponsorship.
4 very intense months at sea, learning so much, meeting so many people from around the world, and feeling... at home at sea! Protei is making tremendous progress and we want to thank you again for backing us!