£10k Open Innovation Challenge for crew wellbeing technologies

Inmarsat, Shell Shipping and Maritime and maritime consultancy Thetius have partnered to launch a new ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), aiming to support the development of technologies benefitting crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea.

The six-week Open Innovation Challenge is looking for innovations across four challenge areas, spanning deck safety, fatigue, administration reduction and overall wellbeing.

“We are seeking applications for solutions from start-ups and SMEs who want to conduct a proof of concept onboard a vessel supported by Shell Shipping and Maritime and Inmarsat,” said Nick Chubb, Managing Director of Thetius, who will run the Challenge.

“Start-ups and solution providers who apply to the Open Innovation Challenge will be required to submit a pitch that details their proposed solution and a proof of concept onboard a Shell vessel.”

A shortlist of applicants will be chosen to pitch their idea to a decision-making jury at the end of September, the majority of whom will be serving seafarers. Representatives from Inmarsat, Shell and the welfare sector will also take part.

The winning team will be awarded a £10,000 GBP cash grant to test their idea by implementing a proof of concept trial on board a vessel.

“Shell is committed to improving the safety and wellbeing of seafarers,” said Richard Holdsworth, Shell’s Maritime Ventures Lead.

“We are excited to learn more and help support new technologies that could make a difference to the welfare of crews.”

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