SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ocean Exchange proudly announces the launch of its third annual global competition for the 2013 Gulfstream Navigator Award of $100,000 and the 2013 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award of $100,000.
The theme for the 2013 competition is LEAP TO ZERO+, the innovative practice of generating economic growth and increased productivity while reducing the use of natures' resources and waste. The Ocean Exchange is seeking innovative, proactive and globally scalable Solutions, i.e. Solutions Inspiring Action, that are positive for our oceans, economies, and cultures and that can leap across industries accelerating the timeline of reaching Zero+.
"We're proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Ocean Exchange's worldwide sustainability initiatives," said Joe Lombardo, executive vice president, Aerospace Group, General Dynamics, parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace. "Previous Navigator award winners have already made a positive difference to our environment with the inventions they presented at the past two Solution Exchanges. As a worldwide company with a headquarters close to the coast, Gulfstream is inspired by the many organizations that have come forward with solutions aimed at preserving our oceans, ensuring sustainable growth and protecting our environment."
To enter the 2013 competition, register your solution in the Ocean Exchange Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on May 1, 2013. Register by completing a pre-screening application through http://www.oceanexchange.org. Beginning May 2, Ocean Exchange's international solutions review panel of multi-disciplinary experts will review all applications registered in the Gallery to select:
- Ten Solutions Inspiring Action to compete for Monetary Awards – these organizations, which are in need of financial support and global recognition, will be invited to present at the Solutions Exchange, September 30, 2013 in Savannah Georgia USA. At the Solutions Exchange invited delegates will select the winners of the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award and the $100,000 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award.
- Three Solutions Inspiring Action representing Excellence in Corporate Innovation – these Excellence Award winners will be invited to present their Solutions Inspiring Action at the opening of the Solutions Exchange on September 29, 2013.
In 2013 the Ocean Exchange is introducing the Solution Inspiring Action Gallery that will become the go to resource for organizations to identify and connect with Solutions that can advance attainment of their social responsibility goals. In 2011 and 2012, the Ocean Exchange's competition generated applications from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East with six countries represented in our 2012 Solutions Inspiring Action winners. The Solution Exchange 2012 was attended by delegations from 16 countries with international press reaching from Savannah to Norway, Tokyo to Seattle.
In 2011, The Wave Glider by Liquid Robotics won the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award. This year Wave Gliders travelled unassisted from California to Japan and Australia, collecting ocean data and breaking the Guinness World Record for robots. The Wave Glider will soon be on display in the Smithsonian Museum.
In 2012, the Ocean Exchange offered two $100,000 prizes: the Gulfstream® Navigator Award was won by Protei's Open Source Sailing Drone, and the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' Orcelle Award was won by the Nonox Ltd Emulsion Combustion System. In 2012, Industry Excellence Award winners were Georgia Institute of Technology, Golder & Associates, IKEA, and Southern Company.
To learn more about how to register for the Gallery and the competition, please visit http://www.oceanexchange.org
About the Ocean Exchange
Founded in 2010, the Ocean Exchange™ is an international platform for accelerating the adoption across industries of Solutions that positively impact environments, economies and health, while respecting cultures around the world. The Board of Governors includes 30 thought-leaders from around the world who represent diverse backgrounds and expertise and share a commitment to innovation. Working together, we AGGREGATE solutions and EMPOWER organizations to achieve their goals. For more information, please visit www.oceanexchange.org.
About Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280®; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 12,500 people at 12 major locations. Visit www.gulfstream.com for more information.
About Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics delivers innovative and sustainable global shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and non-containerized/breakbulk cargo. The company also specializes in handling complex project cargoes such as rail cars, power generators, mining equipment and yachts. WWL's sophisticated supply chain management services ensure an efficient integration of ocean transportation, inland distribution, terminal handling and a comprehensive range of specialised technical services. For more information, please visit www.2wglobal.com.
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