Algae Competition Awards

Congratulations to the prize winners! (Download Awards PDF)
Algae Competition awarded 7 prize winners from 40 finalists and 140 entries from 40 countries. The entries represent a glimpse into our future, harnessing the promise of algae, 30 times more productive than terrestrial plants. Here are some emerging themes in algae landscape and architecture design, novel algae production systems and delicious new foods from algae.

There were ties for first place 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 Algae Competition available at


APPRECIATION PRIZE Voted by Participants
Algae Powered Mushroom Farm in Congo, Africa.
10 Design Group, Ted Givins. 1123.

An algae powered mobile mushroom farm can be placed anywhere in the world to support micro-economic development in poverty stricken regions. The farm will grow mushrooms because of easy cultivation and high yield. Algae will be a food source and provide fertilizer. Two target groups are urban homeless and rural poor. Congo-Kinshasa in Africa was selected for the first farm. The farms are lightweight, easily shipped and hand carried to sites. Four farms can be shipped in a 40’ container. Contact:


FIRST PRIZE Algae Food Development
Dances With Algae
Lynn Cornish, Scott Hubley, Romelda Nickerson, Josie Todd, Canada. 3180.

Dances With Algae- Marine Algae Foods and Recipes. 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. Contact:


FIRST PRIZE Algae Food Development
Lucie Bolzec, founder of Delis Design Studio, France. 3179.

Instant soup concept: algae, vegetables and herbs inside an alginate sphere. The transparent sphere, made from red algae extract, is edible and liquifies in hot water. Three soup recipes are Bretonne, Provençale and Japonaise. Biosphere gives a moment of pleasure, a taste discovery and a spectacular transformation of the sphere. Contact:


FIRST PRIZE Algae Production Systems
Circular Tank Technology to reduce production costs.
Vincent Guigon, Antenna Technologies, Geneva. 2118.

Antenna Technolgies is an NGO promoting spirulina against malnutrition with projects in Africa and Asia, with a mission to make spirulina more affordable. Today there are about 10 farms initiated by Antenna running by themselves in 8 countries. Antenna developed circular tank technology with a rotating central axis using wind or solar energy for stirring and cleaning to reduce these costs by 20% through long lasting maintenance of culture quality without purges. Contact:


FIRST PRIZE Algae Production Systems
Organic spirulina microfarm with biogas plant. Normandy, France.
Laurent Lecesve, Hybrid énergies & Eco-Systèmes. 2121.

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. HyES is part of the Federation de Spiruliniers de France, created to join small-­scale spirulina farmers and promote this new agriculture business model. Contact:


FIRST PRIZE Algae Landscape Design
Process Zero: Retrofit Resolution. GSA Federal Building, Los Angeles, CA.
Hok/Vanderweil, Sean Quinn Lead Architect. 1164.

Process Zero: Retrofit Resolution. The goal is to design a zero environmental footprint and energy self-sufficiency using Living Building Challenge 2.0 guidelines. Photovoltaic and solar thermal panels cover the roof, tracing the sun through the day. Thin film PV shading devices line the windows, reduce glare and reflect light deeper into the interior. A modular system of algae tubes wrap the building and absorb the sun’s radiation, produce lipids for fuel, and shade interior office spaces. Contact:


FIRST PRIZE Algae Landscape Design
Urban Algae Culture in Gangxiacun, Shenzhen China.
Kady, Wong Hoi Kei & Kate, Lau Hoi Ying & Perry Li. 1171.

The Urban River from Waste to Source. This is a proposed masterplan for an urban village of 20,000 people within the larger Shenzhen city of 14 million people. The proposal re-articulates the ‘urban river’, the historic landform of Shenzhen, as a decentralized waste water treatment network with sources of recycled water on a roofscape. This elevated urban river roofscape has modular algae units for waste treatment and fuel production, urban farming and community space. Contact:


Green Loop: Marina City Global Algae Retrofitting, Chicago, IL.
Influx_Studio, Mario Caceres, Christian Canonico. 1190.

Algae proposal for one of the most innovative buildings in the Loop of Chicago: Marina City Towers. An algae based strategy for a new sustainable model in urban areas. Re-visioning an iconic building from the past century fossil fuel economy. An environmental vision committed with the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Contact:


Green Loop: Marina City Global Algae Retrofitting, Chicago, IL.
Influx_Studio, Mario Caceres, Christian Canonico. 1190.

Algae proposal for one of the most innovative buildings in the Loop of Chicago: Marina City Towers. Diagram of the interaction of the various systems: absorbing CO2, growing algae, harvesting energy, filtering water and producing food onsite. Contact:


Green Loop: Marina City Global Algae Retrofitting, Chicago, IL.
Influx_Studio, Mario Caceres, Christian Canonico. 1190.

Algae proposal for one of the most innovative buildings in the Loop of Chicago: Marina City Towers. Growing algae, absorbing CO2, harvesting energy, filtering water and producing food onsite. The key issue is how anticipate algae’s green future in the core of the major cities, transforming existing buildings, where most people live and where CO2 emissions are highest. Contact:

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Contributing Sponsors

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NanoVLogoSNanoVoltaics (NVI) is an engineering services provider to the cleantech sector, focusing on commercialization of disruptive technologies and production methods. Nanotechnology offers solutions to the world’s resource problems and novel products for photovoltaics and biofuels.

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.