Matthew Mulrennan is the Director of the Ocean Initiative at the XPRIZE Foundation working on prizes for innovations that solve the ocean’s grand challenges. He is also the co-founder and CEO of KOLOSSAL an ocean exploration and conservation non-profit based in Venice, California. Matt has worked as a marine scientist at ocean conservation group Oceana in Washington, DC, as a lab researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and as an advocate on congressional and environmental campaigns. He was one of 20 candidates nominated for the 2018 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award and was the Grand Prize winner of the Con X Tech Prize a prototyping competition for conservation technology. His work on ocean issues have been featured in various media outlets; Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, BBC, and National Geographic. Matt is a passionate ocean advocate, scientist, surfer, and ocean technology enthusiast who believes in the power of the crowd, and the new blue economy to help save our oceans. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Miami University and a Masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.