Enter The Ocean Cleanup Contest for a chance to change the world (and win prizes)

Millions of tons of plastic are polluting the world’s oceans. It reaches the oceans through rivers and waterways, and then accumulates in five high-concentration areas called gyres. Boyan Slat, a student at the Delft University of Technology, and his Ocean Cleanup team believe that it’s possible to remove most of the plastic from the oceans in only five years using a series of floating filtration platforms anchored to the ocean floor, and massive floating booms attached to the platforms.

By using floating booms instead of nets, much larger areas of the ocean will covered, and even the smallest particles will be diverted and extracted. When multiple platforms are placed in an array, they can take advantage of ocean currents to funnel floating plastic matter to the platforms and remove it from the water.


The success of the project relies on the design of two important components — filtering platforms and the floating booms. We are offering engineers and designers around the world a chance to contribute to this groundbreaking project by submitting design concepts for the floating booms, in accordance with the design guidelines and contest rules found on the contest website. Once the contest ends, a panel of judges (including Boyan Slat and SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot) will evaluate the entries based on adherence to the design guidelines, then pick a winner and two runners up.*

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • Admission to SolidWorks World 2014 ($995 value)
  • A round trip airfare to SolidWorks World 2014 (up to $2000 value)
  • Four nights hotel in San Diego, California ($1000 value)
  • One Microsoft Surface Pro ($1000 value)
  • One license of SolidWorks 2014 Premium ($7995 value)
  • A round-trip airfare to Delft, Netherlands (up to $2000 value)
  • Seven nights hotel in Delft ($1000 value)

Two runners-up will receive:

  • One Microsoft Surface Pro ($1000 value)
  • One license of SolidWorks 2014 Premium ($7995 value)

The contest starts today and ends November 15, so don’t wait to get your entries in.


Visit https://www.oceancleanupcontest.com to learn more and enter for a chance to win!


* The Contest is open to any private individual of any age, except for residents of a country under a United States embargo; residents of Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Brazil and the Canadian province of Quebec; residents of any other country or territory where participation in the Contest, as well as the terms of the present rules, would violate applicable local laws; employees of Dassault Systèmes that directly, or indirectly, participate in the development of The Contest; or spouses and family members of the employees of the aforementioned company. Any person under 18 must obtain the prior written authorization of the person(s) having parental authority over this minor to participate. No purchase necessary. Visit contest website for complete rules.

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Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.