Algae Competition

Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards announced seven prize winners of the International Algae Competition at a special event on April 12 at the Algae Technology Platform Conference in San Diego, CA. Juror scoring was very close. There were ties for first place prizes.

Beyond these prizes, competition winners, finalists and many entries will be recognized in upcoming media news releases, articles, videos, publications, exhibitions and Imagine Our Algae Future, a full color book based on the International Algae Competition to be available soon on

$3,000 Algae Abundance Grand Prize. Best Video.

1190. Video. Green Loop: Marina City Global Algae Retrofitting, Chicago, IL. By Influx_Studio, Mario Caceres, Christian Canonico.
Algae proposal for one of the most innovative buildings in the Loop of Chicago: Marina City Towers. Aligned with the Chicago Climate Action Plan (2008), goal is to showcase algae with green technologies and clean polluted air, reuse waste water, produce energy and food onsite.

$2,000 Algae Landscape Design First Prize
There are two winners that will share the prize award and receive $1,000 each.

1164. Process Zero: Retrofit Resolution. GSA Federal Building, Los Angeles, CA. By HOK/Vanderweil, Sean Quinn Lead Architect.
Goal is to design zero environmental footprint, energy self-sufficiency for existing building using Living Building Challenge 2.0 guidelines. A modular system of algae tubes wrap the building and absorb the sun’s radiation to produce lipids for fuel production and shade the interior office spaces.

11711171. Urban Algae Culture in Gangxiacun, Shenzhen China.

By Kady, Wong Hoi Kei & Kate, Lau Hoi Ying & Perry Li.
The Urban River from waste to source. Masterplan for an urban village of 20,000 people in Shenzhen city of 14 million people. Redesign with an elevated urban river roofscape, greening with modular algae units for waste treatment and fuel production, urban farming, community space.

$2,000 Algae Production Systems First Prize
There are two winners that will share the prize award and receive $1,000 each.

21182118. Circular Tank Technology to reduce production costs.

By Vincent Guigon, Antenna Technologies, Geneva.
Antenna is an NGO promoting spirulina against malnutrition with projects in Africa and Asia, with a mission to make spirulina more affordable. Circular tank technology decreases costs by 20% through long lasting maintenance of culture quality, without purges, and free water stirring.

2121. Video. Organic spirulina microfarm with biogas plant. Normandy, France. By Laurent Lecesve, Hybrid énergies & Eco-Systèmes.
The farm contains 4 ponds of 50m2, micro-digester, heat pump with heat network connected to digester and ponds, harvesting room with press and solar dryer, and a culture laboratory. The goal of the digester is to grow spirulina organically using cow and horse manure as main inputs.

$2,000 Algae Food Development First Prize.
There are two winners that will share the prize award and receive $1,000 each.

3179T3179. Biosphere instant soup concept. By Lucie Bolzec, founder of Delis Design Studio, France. Algae, vegetables and herbs inside an alginate sphere. The transparent sphere, made from red algae extract, is edible and liquifies in hot water. Three recipes are Bretonne, Provençale and Japonaise. Biosphere gives a moment of pleasure, a taste discovery and a spectacular transformation of the sphere.

3180T3180. Dances With Algae, recipes using marine algae. By Lynn Cornish, Scott Hubley, Romelda Nickerson, Josie Todd, Canada.

By including macroalgae in commonly consumed foods we can provide beneficial health effects. Foods on a typical menu at the fictional ‘Algalicious Cafe and Restaurant’ are cultivated sea vegetable bouquet, caper stir-fry, kombu-banded seafood cakes and algee-licious popcorn.

$1,000 Algae Appreciation Prize voted by participants in the Algae Competition.

11231123. Video. Algae Powered Mushroom Farm in Congo, Africa.

By 10 Design Group, Ted Givins.
A mobile algae powered mushroom farm can be placed anywhere in the world to support micro-economic development. Algae will be used as a food source and organic fertilizer for the mushrooms. Two target groups would be urban homeless and the poor of rural communities.

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SmartMicroLogoSmartMicrofarms technology will enable people globally to grow healthy foods locally, using affordable inputs. We research, develop, demonstrate, diffuse, and support flexible microcrop platforms that produce food and valuable co-products locally.

Algae members Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards are the creators and developers of this International Algae Competition. Their purpose is to expand and share a vision for algae in our future and create an open source algae community and collaboratory.