Maritime DEI Lab winners & next steps

After receiving over 80 entries and subjecting seven teams to an intense 72-hour lab we are pleased to announce this year’s winner!

Kudos must go to ALL the teams who participated and represented more than 20 organisations. This year was especially challenging since we encouraged teams to work across organizational boundaries from the beginning. Easier said than done since some of the teams had time zone differences of 15 hours and, by having more seafarer entries, the teams needed to deal with connectivity and bandwidth restrictions.

Judgement was down to a panel of dragons comprising of senior leaders from the partner companies Hafnia, Anglo American, RightShip, Thome Group, Wilhelmsen and Rio Tinto. Using a combination of a points system as well as old fashioned debate they agreed on having two winners! SeaBuddy, a joint entry from RightShip and Seapeak, envisages a platform to allow individuals to connect with one another – this can be for comfort, it can be for mentoring, it can even be to show students, at first hand, what a career in maritime might look like. The platform idea extended to Colibri Maritime X; this concept, created by a team from Wilhelmsen and Thome Group, whilst potentially challenging to implement could be a game changer. Watch this space to find out more!

Over the coming weeks we will be working with the winners to create a roadmap for validating their concept, developing a POC and seeking to prove (or not) their hypothesis. Now the work really starts!

Watch the pitch sessions from the finalists

Maritime DEI Lab 2022

V-Box is facilitating the 2022 Maritime Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lab. This is an open innovation and partner-led initiative to promote DEI in the maritime industry. Together with Hafnia, RightShip, Thome Group, Wilhelmsen, Rio Tinto & Ango American, we aim to crowdsource digital ideas and turn them into tangible solutions.

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