We are looking for solutions that can improve the training or leisure time of seafarers.
A shortlist of proposed solutions will be put before a jury made up of seafarers and Inmarsat and Attica representatives.
The best solution will be awarded a £10K GBP cash grant to fund a proof of concept on board an Attica ship.
The Thetius Innovation Lab aims to connect world leading maritime businesses with innovators to solve real problems. To improve welfare and safety at sea, we are working in partnership with Inmarsat, the leader in global mobile satellite communication, and Attica. Thousands of vessels rely on Inmarsat’s end-to-end service availability and coverage for operational communications, safety and welfare. Attica is a leader in the provision of ferry services for passengers and cargo in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The Attica fleet consists of 32 vessel’s that provide high quality transportation services for passengers, trucks and private vehicles.
In partnership with Inmarsat and Attica Group, we are looking for novel solutions that have the potential to improve crew training and entertainment across five innovation challenge areas spanning vessel familiarisation, regulations training, onboard safety training, customer services training and improving crew entertainment and leisure time.
We are seeking applications for solutions from startups and SMEs who want to conduct a proof of concept onboard a Attica vessel, supported by Inmarsat’s technology. Startups and solution providers who apply to the Innovation Challenge will be required to submit a pitch that details their proposed solution and a proposal for the proof of concept.
From the submitted applications, a shortlist will be generated, and successful solutions invited to pitch their idea to a decision making jury. The jury will be made up of serving seafarers, with representatives from Inmarsat and Attica also attending.
The team behind the chosen idea will be awarded a £10,000 GBP cash grant, funded by Inmarsat, to test their idea by implementing a proof of concept onboard a Attica vessel equipped with Inmarsat’s communication and digital capabilities. The cash will be awarded upfront to the winning solution provider, and the winning startup will receive support from Thetius, Attica, and Inmarsat to implement their idea.
We are seeking solutions across five challenge areas; improving familiarisation for new crew members, enabling continuous regulations training, improving onboard safety, improving customer services training onboard and improving crew entertainment and leisure time.
Even for experienced seafarers, joining a new vessel can be intimidating. Getting new crew members up to speed as quickly as possible after they have joined a vessel is critical to running a safe and efficient ship. This is particularly true during the summer season when higher ferry passenger numbers mean more crew are needed to safely operate the vessel.
Familiarisation needs to cover all of the safety procedures for the vessel, all of the equipment that a crew member will need to do their job effectively, and a crew member’s specific duties including relevant procedures. On top of this, learning the layout of the whole vessel, understanding the crew facilities and amenities, and simply knowing who everyone is are critical to being able to live and work onboard a ship.
We are looking for innovative solutions that can improve the familiarisation process for new crew members. This can include but is not limited to, solutions that can help crew members understand new equipment or standard operating procedures for their duties, help crew get up to speed with safety procedures onboard, or assist new crew members to learn about the vessel and its crew. Proposed solutions should be able to support training content delivered in Greek language.
Applications will be reviewed by experts in technology and vessel operations from Attica Group, Inmarsat, and Thetius to assess their suitability for a proof of concept and a shortlist will be announced.
Shortlisted startups will be invited to pitch their solution via video call to a decision making jury made up of experts from Attica Group, ferry crew members, and representatives from Inmarsat.
Now the real work begins. The winner will receive a £10,000 cash grant to fund their proof of concept. With the support of Inmarsat and Thetius, the chosen solution provider can begin the work of testing their solution on an Attica Group vessel.
There are specific operational constraints that your solution must be able to work within including remote implementation, limited bandwidth, the need for plug and play hardware, and cost at scale.
The deadline for applications is 23:00 UTC on the 28th of February. A group of shortlisted proposals will be invited to take part in a virtual event to pitch their solution to a judging panel made up of seafarers and representatives of Inmarsat and Attica. Out of the shortlisted solutions, one will be selected to receive the funding and conduct the proof of concept.
To submit an application, create a pitch deck or proposal document that covers the details listed below, you may also submit a demo video to support your pitch as part of your application. The details of your pitch and proposal will be shared with the challenge partners but not be shared publicly.