Student Project Spotlight: Clean Ocean

by Gideon Nielsen.

Some student projects start and finish at the Kaospilots, but some also continue beyond the school. During student exams especially, students are exposed to local companies and organizations because that’s the time when companies can submit proposals for KaosPilots students to help them with a project task or organizational challenge.

Clean Ocean, an organization started by the Klammer family (mom, dad, and 11-year old son) dedicated to make a difference in the area of trash and plastic pollution in and around the oceans of the world, submitted a project task in the beginning of June 2017 during the business semester exam. 

Four students partnered with the family in the end of the second semester and Doménica, Mandisa, Steve and Gideon took on this project, that essentially revolved around an app that makes it possible to report trash and plastic and enable people to start and join cleanup events all over the world, and all of it being visible on an interactive map as the main and most important features. 

Spot, Share, Clean, Repeat – is the Clean Ocean mantra

The students passed the semester exam and Clean Ocean and the collaboration continued for one student in particular– MYSELF, Gideon Nielsen.

I continue to work with Clean Ocean today because I realized how big of a problem trash and plastic are in the world. My interest in networking and making a difference in the world made sense to both the Klammer family and me to see how we could help this move forward in a positive way.

Since September I have played a big part in developing the crowdfunding campaign that Clean Ocean is running to establish the project both in awareness — getting people involved and aware AND attracting funding support to keep it going and growing.

A software company with the name Afca from Bern in Switzerland has basically donated their work to finish this app with regards to how you compare what the normal price for an app really is, which has been quite a commitment on their part.

The seed of the project started as a school project where the focus was the environment and Aidan, who at the time was 11 years old picked the ocean as the area of focus and interest, as that is an integrate passion for him and his parents.

They all went to Sardinia in Italy to a turtle rescue center, where Aidan got to release a turtle into the ocean and the three of them then also started to clean the local beach from trash, which inspired locals, as they saw this going on.

That sparked an idea with Aidan, that if more people know about this problem of trash and plastic on beaches and anywhere else, there would be a bigger chance in making a difference if more people knew about it, hence inspired the idea of an app.

Kaospilot student projects
The Klammer Family Cleaning Beaches in Sardinia

 

A software company with the name Afca from Bern in Switzerland has basically donated their work to finish this app with regards to how you compare what the normal price for an app really is, which has been quite a commitment on their part.

Clean Ocean is in the final stages of their crowdfunding campaign (When is the cut off date or completion date?) and you can help and support them in a few ways: Follow our Facebook Page

1. Feeling Charitable: Make a donation to keep clean ocean alive and doing good work for the years to come:
– International crowdfunding campaign: https://chuffed.org/project/cleanoceanapp

  1. Are you an organization or company looking for support on a challenge or want to offer suitable student projects? Fill out this form here and submit a proposal, we’ll match you with a student or a group of students to make this dream of yours a reality!
  2. Download the CleanApp tool and help this organization clean up our worlds oceans (rivers, lakes, streams) or like them on facebook or social media. (Ready this December).
  3. Send this article to a friend who cares deeply about clean oceans and water on our planet. Connect them with CleanOcean:
    gideon.nielsen@cleanocean.eu
     
  4. Think our curriculum sounds fun? Know anyone interested in being a Kaospilot Student in Switzerland? If you think this school is for you or someone you know, apply now by clicking here and we’ll connect to see if this is the right fit for you.

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