Melbourne City Rotaract Club, Australia
Project Title: The Ocean CleanX
Innovation: Founding a cutting-edge company that is developing new technology to monitor and remove pollution from waterways.
Description: Ludovic, a 29-year-old engineer with 12 years of experience in oceanography and mechatronics engineering, launched The Ocean CleanX to develop automated pollution monitoring and removal tools that use artificial intelligence and drones to remove plastics and other pollution from waterways and detect their source. Every year, 8.8 million tons of plastic waste make their way into the oceans, potentially putting 700 marine species at risk of extinction. Ludovic has given presentations that have led clubs to support the effort, provide financial contributions, and volunteer for river clean-up events and efforts.