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Volunteer to help us enable the World’s first floating city

If you are interested in assisting us with our current efforts in the Floating City Project, please email us at info@seasteading.org, or submit a proposal on the Application Page. We will also consider modified or original suggestions, so long as they conform to our strategy of pragmatism and incrementalism in the context of this project.


Research Topics

Platform Design, Mooring, and Transportation – We commissioned a design and feasibility study to the Dutch multi-disciplinary water architecture firm, DeltaSync (available for download here), but are still interested in novel methods of reducing the cost and increasing comfort and durability of a large floating structure. Our host-nation strategy opens the possibility of using natural breakwaters surrounding calm, interior inlets and reduces the engineering needs. Email info@seasteading.org for oceanographic data in a representative region.

  • What hull materials and methods of fabrication are best-suited for barges/platforms in protected waters?
  • What designs and materials are ideal for creating lightweight deckhouses and cabins aboard a seastead platform?
  • How do mooring costs and requirements change depending on ship size, water depth and seabed conditions?
  • What firms are already in the business of mooring ships?
  • How can passengers be safely and cost-effectively transported from the city to land at various distances?
  • How can a floating city manage its supply chains?


Law & PoliticsBy negotiating an agreement with a coastal sovereign, we aim to provide the floating city with legal protection and recognition under existing legal frameworks and international conventions. 
      • How can a floating city minimize non-environmental threats like vandalism, crime, and terrorism?
      • What legal precedents can help structure the agreements between stakeholders in the floating city and the government of the sovereign host?
      • How can we persuasively frame the benefits (i.e., specific employment & trade opportunities, security, comparative advantages in maritime industries, etc.) a floating city and politically autonomous zone can offer to potential host nations?



Business – We will need to create an attractive business environment for stakeholders (i.e., residents and businesses) in the floating city in order to achieve the economies of scale necessary for a thriving village.

  • How can we effectively market a politically autonomous floating city to potential pioneering residents and entrepreneurs?
  • What existing industries/specific companies utilize coastal waters for their comparative advantage (i.e., tourism, aquaculture, etc.) and where can we find financial data to make estimates and comparisons of their costs, revenue, and profitability?


Data TransmissionData transmission will be simpler for a floating city closer to shore, compared to the open ocean. Still, we may require solutions to provide high enough bandwidth to our technology-oriented base of potential customers.

  • What are the costs of various data transmission alternatives such as submarine cables, point-to-point optical laser (i.e., AOptix laser-point), WiMAX buoy relay system, tethered blimp on shore, etc., at various distances from shore?
  • How can you stabilize the line-of-sight of an optical laser on a moving ship?
  • What existing infrastructure would favor certain locations over others?
  • How well do optical laser and tethered blimp systems function in foggy environments?


Alternative Energy/Environment – We aim for the floating city to be a role model of sustainability and test-bed for clean energy/waste recycling technologies. 

  • Which renewable technologies are best suited for protected waters/limited platform space?
  • How can energy be stored aboard seasteads?
  • What are the costs of using standard energy sources versus clean energy sources?
  • How can waste be recycled or otherwise disposed of?