We are ambitious Africans who want to bring ocean discovery to the masses. So, we have joined the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE to make this happen today! We also want to inspire Africans to take up our grand challenges and solve them. In 2004, we came together to as a group of young undergraduates (in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana) to use our unique skills and talents to find innovative solutions to some of the challenges in developing economies, with particular focus on Africa. Over the years, we have trained ourselves to solve seemingly complex problems in Africa by looking at alternative scientific and engineering breakthroughs. Our main aim is to inspire, innovate, and breakdown long standing barriers to the frontiers of science and technology in Africa. Thus, we have taken the initiative in the grand challenge as an example for the rest of the continent to follow. Currently, OD-Africa is a 20-member all-African team (in Africa, and the diaspora). The diaspora team and senior members serve as advisors and mentors to the junior team Africa (student and graduate members on internship and passionate about democratizing ocean discovery), providing inspiration to innovate ground breaking solutions to grand challenges such as this Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. We are on a mission! We want to:
- To contribute to the democratization of ocean discovery
- To establish an Ocean Discovery Institute in Africa
- To inspire innovations and boldness amongst Africans
Ocean Discovery Africa is supported by Enyinam Technologies Limited and the University of Energy and Natural Resources.
The team is building intelligent low-cost modular AUV/ROV systems to democratize ocean discovery, using advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to navigate and explore the ocean.