Boyan Slat is a young Dutch inventor and entrepreneur who creates technologies to solve societal problems. He is the CEO/founder of The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced systems to rid world’s oceans of plastic.
Instead of going after the plastic, Boyan devised a system though which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself, reducing the theoretical cleanup time from millennia to mere years. In February 2013 he dropped out of his Aerospace Engineering study to start The Ocean Cleanup. The first cleanup prototype was deployed in June 2016, and The Ocean Cleanup now prepares to launch the first working pilot system in late 2017 with funding from notable Venture Capitalists behind it.
He has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade; Champion of the Earth.
Launched The Ocean Cleanup at 18 Years Old
Known For: The Ocean Cleanup (made famous via TED talk he delivered)