Benioff Ocean Initiative merges science and technology to improve ocean health. The initiative started in 2016 when Marc Benioff, founder and co-CEO of Salesforce and ocean advocate, and his wife, Lynne Benioff, gifted $10 million to promote science-based ocean problem-solving at UCSB.
The mission of Benioff Ocean Initiative is to leverage the power of science to solve ocean problems and inspire the replication of these successes. Through online campaigns, the Benioff Ocean Initiative invites members of the public to share ocean problems they wish to be solved. Each project cycle, the initiative assembles a team of experts to build a scalable, tech-based solution to a crowdsourced ocean problem.