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About Anna


Who is Anna Ly?

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About Anna


Who is Anna Ly?

Hi! I'm Anna. Anna Ly (pronounced: Lý). I am 28 years old. I call myself an interaction designer, creative strategist, business developer, builder and graphic designer. On top of that, I am a runner, swimmer, cyclist, hiker, and lover of land, ocean and sky. 

And I also want to be the first woman who goes to the bottom of the sea.

I'm not a deep sea diver, a millionaire, a professor in oceanography, but what I do have is adventurous spirit and a mission. 

What do I mean by adventurous spirit? 

Courage. Taking risk. The drive to seek new, uncomfortable and awe-inspiring experiences. Getting over your fears and going beyond what you thought was possible. Jumping over those internal barriers and realizing you could do more. That you can change the world for the better. And it is with this spirit that I want to make a positive impact on our society and our world. 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mission


The Mission

The Mission


The Mission

Mission Send Anna Ly to the Bottom of the Sea 

IN MARCH 2015, I ATTENDED A SXSW LECTURE BY PAUL BUNJE (SENIOR DIRECTOR, OCEANS @XPRIZE) WHO SPOKE ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF OCEAN EXPLORATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT IT. DURING HIS TALK, ONE THING THAT SURPRISED ME AND GOT ME THINKING WAS THAT NO WOMAN HAS EVER DONE THE DIVE TO THE DEEPEST PART OF THE SEA. WHO HAS GONE DOWN THERE? JACQUES PICARD, DON WALSH, JAMES CAMERON. SEEMS LIKE THERE’S A TREND? 

THE NEXT DAY, WHILE REACHING FOR A WATER AT THE SXSW SOCIAL GOOD HUB, I LOOK UP AND SEE PAUL. I WALKED UP, SHOOK HIS HAND AND TOLD HIM, I WANT TO BE THE FIRST. 

Why? 

I want to encourage other women and girls that the impossible is possible and to act on their adventurous spirit, to explore their passion, and to take risks that have a global, educational impact. My trip is meant to encourage them to expand their view on life through out of the box experiences while encouraging the next person to do the same.

How? 

I believe the best way to share my experience with other woman and girls is by taking them with me to the bottom to the sea! I am crowdsourcing suggestions, dreams, ideas, experiments of what I could while down in the ocean. When you help me, Anna Ly, get to the bottom of the sea, I will also live stream the trip and use social media platforms to give play-by-play while carrying down the millions of other women and girls’ voices down to the sea! I believe that showing others what they have never encountered themselves, it will flourish ideas and creativity while inspiring empathy and adventure.  

So help me, Anna Ly, get to the bottom of the sea.

 

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The Plan


The Plan

The Plan


The Plan

The Plan!

To get there, we will need to:

  • Pull together the dream team that include engineering, management and operations, advisers, researchers and scientists, and communications. [3 months]
  • Raise funding. [6 months]
  • Go through training & education including training on operating a submersible, diving, scientific experimentation, safety. [6 months] 
  • Carry out technology & engineering development  including outfitting and improving existing vehicles to take down there. [1-2 years]
  • Build up engineering and operations support for before, during and after. [Now till execution] 
  • Increase communications and public involvement through traditional communications and digital formats [Now and forever]
  • Execute! including send me down there, making sure I’m okay while down there, and bringing me back up 

Funding

Given that a recent dive to the Mariana Trench cost $10 Million. I am pushing to raise $8 Million that will be spread across the above tasks. Any additional funding will be donated to the NOAA and women and girls educational programs. 

  • $2 million - Vehicle use and operations
  • $2 million - New engineering and technology development
  • $2 million - Engineering and technology support 
  • $1.25 million - Research and education
  • $500K - Operations and communications 
  • $250K towards materials and overhead

To fund me, go to http://www.gofundme.com/annalytothesea