Former Navy SEALs Joe Wolfel and Judson Kauffman founded Terradepth to create Google Maps for the world’s oceans. To build this accurate virtual ocean, the team is developing a fleet of fully autonomous deep ocean data collection submersibles capable of collecting comprehensive data, processing it on the edge and populating a cloud-based ocean data portal.
“While the oceans hold about 96.5% of the Earth’s water, we’ve only mapped less than 10% of that. The implications of this knowledge gap are immeasurable,” said Joe Wolfel, co-founder and co-CEO at Terradepth. “At Terradepth, we are committed to closing that gap and helping understand areas like climate change, weather patterns and currents. We’re honored that Fast Company recognized the importance of creating a comprehensive, immersive and accurate virtual ocean.”
“The answers to making better decisions about our planet can be found in the ocean,” said Judson Kauffman, co-founder and co-CEO of Terradepth. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by Fast Company as we move closer to our goal of sharing information that can help to conserve and protect the last unexplored frontier on Earth.”
The awards recognize people, teams and companies that transform businesses, organizations and society through design. One of the most sought-after design awards in the industry, Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business and innovation.
“Design is not just a beauty contest,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “It’s something that can change the world and create solutions in a time when we face pressing global issues such as systemic racism, climate change and a global pandemic. Many of these entries showcase these challenges while providing hope for the future through their steadfast commitment to elevate design.”
The judges include renowned designers from a variety of disciplines, business leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Fast Company’s own writers and editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact and business impact.
Honorees are featured online and in the October issue of Fast Company magazine, on newsstands on September 28. To see the complete list, go to: https://www.fastcompany.com/innovation-by-design/2021.
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Terradepth is enabling a holistic reasoning of the Earth for the first time in human history. By making high-resolution undersea information accessible to a diverse stakeholder base, Terradepth is driving human connection with the ocean through greater understanding. From environmental decisions to new medical treatments, Terradepth's combination of subsea drones and its Virtual Ocean are changing our relationship to the ocean for good. To learn more, visit Terradepth.com.