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2011 International Algae Competition News
An Open Source Competition
February 2011
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The official 2011 International Algae Competition website has a new look. Check out some our featured projects for algae production systems and landscape designs for some good ideas. 
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Competition Schedule

Registration opens January 11 through September 11. Submission deadline is October 11, 2011. Finalists will be announced February 12, 2012. The Algae Competition has three tracks.  

Over $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Finalists will receive international media recognition and will be included in books, publications and exhibitions to be held around the world in 2012.

Featured Algae Production Systems 

Grow your own microfarm

Family farms in France 

Spirulina ladies of Chad 

Village farm in West Africa

Lake harvest in Myanmar

Commercial farm in Thailand   




The 2011 International Algae Competition is a global challenge to design visionary algae food and energy systems: algae landscape designs, algae production systems and new algae foods.

Why is the Competition Open Source?
The Competition is open to everyone, anywhere in the world.
As an open source competition, all entries will be showcased online. Users can use the content for teaching and sharing by following normal citation guidelines to give credit to the content originators.

Sufficient knowledge about algae production exists today to support successful cultivation. Unfortunately, much of the best knowledge rests with a few elite scientists and entrepreneurs who must sequester their research findings due to intellectual property limitations. Publicly funded projects should include a sunshine law- allowing public access to research findings after time has passed.

The algae industry today is fractured as each company acts to protect intellectual property behind a wall of secrecy. Scientists are prevented by non-disclosure agreements to collaborate with others or share production breakthroughs and real costs of productivity metrics. This secrecy leads to mistakes in algae production that are repeated multiple times. Companies do not readily share mistakes for fear the next round of funding will dissolve. Secrecy creates blindness, leaving students, researchers, press and policy makers  without the most up-to-date knowledge. This degree of secrecy concentrates rather than expands knowledge, and slows innovation.

To allieviate this public access problem, supports a collaboratory open to everyone to share ideas. Emerging technologies will create unanticipated consequences. One solution for creating positive impacts will be to help assure that scientists, policymakers and the public have access to information.

Design100 How will algae production systems (APS) be integrated into future landscapes, farms and eco-communities and what will they look like and how will they work?
Design integrated APS into future landscapes, farms, cities, buildings and eco-communities.
Systems100 What are the best designs, engineering and systems for algae production to work effectively and economically on a community scale or distributed model?
Develop working models and designs for APS and microfarms.
Food100 What will be the next algae foods and recipes and the future uses of algae as a food and feed ingredient that will transform our health?
Create menus and new food products incorporating algae as a featured ingredient
We hope you will join the 2011 International Algae Competition.  Please forward this newsletter to someone who might be interested. 
Best Green Wishes,

Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards for the International Algae Competition 

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