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Can 25-year-old entrepreneur Boyan Slat rid the oceans of plastic?

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Mar 3, 2019 · 4 min read

The plastic in the Pacific Ocean, which is spread out over an area twice the size of Texas, is especially a huge concern. In addition to the volume, a second challenge is that the pile rotates. This would mean a hypothetical clean-up by a ship would take thousands of years.

His entrepreneurial spirit –if there is anything as such– was there from the beginning. At a very young age, he started building tree houses and zip-wires. He was also very interested in rocketry and liked to experiment with explosives. In fact, he once invited 250 people for a rocket show of his own, a spectacle in which he set a Guinness World Record for launching the most water rockets at the same time. The number in question was 213.

Boyan Slat has always received a certain amount of backlash for The Ocean Cleanup, but even the most passionate critics of the project admit the energy and enthusiasm brought to the issue of plastic pollution by his proposal.

The project was set to start at the beginning of 2018. The Dutch government had given the green light to The Ocean Cleanup for their operations in international waters and the course was set as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The 2000-feet floating barrier, called System 001, made its way out towards the Pacific Ocean on 8 September 2018. Yet there was a minor glitch.

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By contextualizing global vectors alongside organizational patterns, human biases and tools for creativity, “LITE: Learning, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship” postgraduate degree fosters a distinct point of view among its graduates.

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‘LITE: Learning, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship” master’s program explores the frontier of hybrid learning in a university setting.

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By contextualizing global vectors alongside organizational patterns, human biases and tools for creativity, “LITE: Learning, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship” postgraduate degree fosters a distinct point of view among its graduates.

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