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Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit 2023 Fully Funded to Panama


About this program

The sixth Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit is an integral part of the Our Ocean Conference, which will take place in Panama on February 27 – March 1, 2023. Sustainable Ocean Alliance is proud to co-host the Summit, in cooperation with Our Ocean Conference organizers.

This event is an opportunity to inspire, inform, and empower youth participants to build holistic solutions that better balance the needs of society, industry, and the ocean environment. In 2023, the Summit will be fully integrated into the main conference for the very first time, and will embody the overall theme –

The Summit will be a traditional hackathon-style event, where 100 young ocean leaders will convene in small teams. With the guidance of expert mentors, they will work to solve key ocean challenges across 6 impact areas:

  • Climate change
  • Marine pollution
  • Maritime security
  • Marine protected areas (MPAs)
  • Sustainable blue economy
  • Sustainable fisheries

Over the course of the event, these youth leaders will be provided with opportunities for experiential learning, skill building, and networking. Programming will be delivered in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish.


*You must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be between 18-35 years old
  • Fall into one of the following categories:
    • A student, PhD student or researcher in marine biology, oceanography, environmental sciences, or a related discipline that aligns with one or more of the 6 areas of intervention: climate change, marine pollution, maritime security, MPAs, sustainable blue economy and sustainable fisheries
    • A young professional working in sustainability or passionate about the ocean with a strong vision to drive change
    • An entrepreneur or representative from a startup who has an impactful ocean solutions and/or innovation worth sharing
  • Be available to travel to Panama between February 26 to March 4, 2023
  • Have a valid passport

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