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It is a story of hope, struggle, friendship, technology, imagination and love of nature.

A group of young people become friends and fall in love with the ocean. They explore, they learn, and they invent ways to safeguard the ocean together, with their creativity and hard work.

MakerBay Foundation believes that through their creativity, passion and understanding of the world around them, Hong Kong youth can be powerful agents of positive change in their lives, families, communities, society and the world.

We want to take a small group of young people on a journey of exploration and impact.


Movie Screenings
Netflix Exclusive:


Explore Hong Kong Reefs
Free Diving Lessons
PADI Licence


Three teams working on
Product Development

Coral reefs are the most vital ecosystems on this planet, but are quickly deteriorating.

An increase by just 2˚ Celsius may not seem like a lot in the air, but for marine life this is like living with a constant fever.

Hong Kong is home to over 50 species of coral reefs - more than all of the Caribbean combined.



Movie Screenings
Netflix Exclusive:


Explore Hong Kong Reefs
Free Diving Lessons
PADI Licence


Three teams working on
Product Development

Our goal now is to develop the next generation of the ocean drone which is:

10x more accurate GPS positioning offer accurate positioning Laser quadrat provide scaling and depth information

50x faster Deploy quicker and covers a larger area in a short time Highly repeatable using same mission waypoints

200x cheaper Modular design, adaptable to variety or propulsion & frame material Combination of open source software/hardware & local natural materials

10 x 50 x 200 = 100,000 Better to map and save the coral reefs of the world


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April 25 to July 13, 2020.
Every Saturday, 10:00 - 19:00

Explore, learn, create, impact the ocean - through art, design and engineering

July 13 to 18, 2020

Intensive Training Week.
Program Introduction, Woodworking, Metal, Laser Cutting, 3D Design and Printing, Textile, Biology, Coding.

July 19 to Aug 29
Every Week day, anytime

Independent work

July 19 to Aug 29
Every Saturday, 10:00 - 19:00

Creating with mentors and professionals

Aug 29, 2020

Art Exhibition, Product Release, Start of Crowd Funding Campaign, Website.


Q: How much does the program cost?

A: That’s the best part! It doesn’t cost anything, yep that’s right, it’s all 100% free!

Q: Hang on, Free?! What’s the catch?

A: None, Seriously. We want to raise awareness about Coral reef ecosystems and we want you to help us on this mission.

Q: What is the selection criteria for the HK Ocean Youth program?

A: You need to be passionate and enthusiastic about Coral Reef conservation, and ideally spread this enthusiasm amongst your community and further afield.

Q: Is there an age limit for the HK Ocean Youth?

A: Well, the program is called HK Ocean Youth, so the age bracket for the Diver training is 13- 24. BUT WAIT… if you are anywhere outside this age bracket there are many ways you can still be involved. We encourage all levels of participation from preschoolers to professionals, in areas like Art, Design and Engineering workshops and or join the hackathons, exhibition design, software design, industrial design, and much more!

Q: I am interested in collaborating in the development of the Coral Reef Mapping Drone, how does this work?

A: Glad you asked! Check us out on GitHub, there is a link on our webpage. We are busy generating a community of professional technical minded people to help with this 100% open source RnD project.

Q: When is the diving course?

A: The diver training and PADI Open Water certification is over summer holidays, with the majority of the training happening in May and 3 open water expeditions spread over June and July.

Q: I will be out of Hong Kong for the ‘summer camp’ diver training.

A: Don’t worry, there are lots of ways you can contribute. Get in touch and we will see when and where you can be involved.

Q: I want to be a HK OCEAN YOUTH but what if I can’t swim? Will you teach me?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t quite have time for that, the official requirements for PADI Open Water Certification are that you need to be able to swim 200m non-stop and be able to tread on water surface for 15 minutes. If you don’t think you can do this then unfortunately we can’t take you diving this year, but there are lots more ways you can be involved.

Q: How many hours do I need to commit to this program?

The program runs for a year, but don’t let that scare you. In total it’s probably 30 – 40 hours of direct contact time spread over this year, with the majority of that time dedicated to scuba diving training over the summer holidays

Q: Can I do the dive course only?

A: Well, this Is not really in the spirit of the program, so no, not really. If we help you get your PADI open water license we you to be involved in a meaningful way and promote coral conservation.

Q: I already have my PADI Open Water license; can I do my advanced diver training instead?

A: Nope, sorry, that’s not the way it works… ‘cheeky’. We want to invite people who don’t have their PADI license yet, and ordinarily might not be able to get experience the underwater joys of scuba diving. If you already know the wonders of diving then great, you can come and get involved in our program in many different ways.

Q: Will we find Nemo?

A: Yes

Picture source from top:
Photo by Cher Chow © (2020)
American-Samoa © XL Catlin Seaview Survey - The Ocean Agency - Richard Vevers
Director Jeff Orlowski filming on the GBR - Photo by Richard Vevers © Chasing Coral