Startup Blue Frontiers is building Seastead in French Polynesia

Blue Frontiers is the first seasteading company. Floating Islands can mitigate sea level rise. Rising seas are hurting island and coastal nations. Environmentally conscious technologies will create opportunities.

French Polynesia is ready to innovate and become resilient to the threat.

In January 2017, The Seasteading Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with French Polynesia, creating a pathway for the first pilot project of floating islands governed under a “special governing framework”. The Seasteading Institute entered into a collaboration with Blue Frontiers to develop floating islands and administer the seazone. We will begin building floating islands when the seazone legislation is implemented in French Polynesia in 2018.

They are building a community of people interested in participating in the creation of the floating islands and seazone. They co-hosted the First Tahitian Seasteading Gathering in May 2017. We are offering curated trips to Tahiti in the fall of 2017 to introduce people to the local community and Blue Frontier’s vision for the seazone.

Blue Frontiers is engaged in business development activities to make our endeavor a financial success and create long-term viability for the project. We are welcoming of potential partnerships and collaborations, and invite all serious inquiries.

The agreement requires us to conduct an economic impact analysis, develop an environmental assessment framework, and undertake legal research to aid in the creation of a seazone – inspired by the legal structures of special economic zones and international best practices. Additionally, we are fulfilling our obligations, developing the islands, and will administer the SeaZone, with no public funding.

French Polynesia is creating what is effectively a special economic zone for the Seasteading Institute to experiment in and has offered 100 acres of beachfront where the group can operate.

In 2011, Mr. Quirk, an author, was at Burning Man when he first heard about seasteading. Mr. Quirk and his collaborators created a new company, Blue Frontiers, which will build and operate the floating islands in French Polynesia. The goal is to build about a dozen structures by 2020, including homes, hotels, offices and restaurants, at a cost of about $60 million. To fund the construction, the team is working on an initial coin offering. If all goes as planned, the structures will feature living roofs, use local wood, bamboo and coconut fiber, and recycled metal and plastic.

“I want to see floating cities by 2050, thousands of them hopefully, each of them offering different ways of governance,” Mr. Quirk said. “The more people moving among them, the more choices we’ll have and the more likely it is we can have peace prosperity and innovation.”

“I want to see floating cities by 2050, thousands of them hopefully, each of them offering different ways of governance,” Mr. Quirk said. “The more people moving among them, the more choices we’ll have and the

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