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Nomads

This Wildlife Day, see how nature perseveres

Experience visual bliss traversing the usually inaccessible Kuril Islands

World Wildlife Day is a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the natural world and its value in our lives. From Kurils With Love is set in one of the most inaccessible volcanic island chains in the world. We meet Vladimir, a marine biologist, and warrior for the planet.

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Pioneers

The Future is now!

One Year Tomorrow Unlocked

Numerous hours of planning, countless night shifts, and a massive amount of coffee chugged down – then, it was finally time!

Breath in once… twice…

Is everything ready?

Yes, all set! Push the button!

AND WE WERE LIVE!

Today, one year ago the Tomorrow Unlocked project went online. We were more than excited to create this new hub for technology culture and building a community of scientists, tech experts, enthusiasts, and artists. Now looking back at a year, which couldn't have gone by quicker, we still have to grasp the achievements we and our community managed to accomplish. By working with incredible people and creating diverse content we published more than 252 content pieces on the Tomorrow Unlocked website and generated more than 500.000 hours watch time on our Youtube Channel.
Let's have a look at our highlights!
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Create Tomorrow

Technology on Tyuleny

How to study 50.000 seals up to six times a day

The engine of the ship Afina, our home on the From Kurils with Love expedition, was quiet. The only noise making its way into our cabins came from the sound of waves slapping against the hull of the ship. As I emerged from below deck, I saw it was misty that day. The only sense of direction I had was a vague one- we were somewhere in the North Pacific, a few hundred kilometers northwest of Japan, in a place that you would never have found on a map if not for the likes of Google maps: Tyuleny Island.


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Create Tomorrow

The assistant: controlling the gear

Ryan Hill was managing the camera equipment at #fromkurilswithlove

Ryan Hill was the assistant to Chris Burkard on #fromkurilswithlove. And although the camera crew was travelling light, there still was an enormous amount of equipment to take care of. They only brought less than 20 bags with equipment. it can easily be 100 in other shoots. Looking after the equipment, among other things, was Ryan's job. Here, he gives a short impression of his work and the challenges on board.

Find photos of the mess and a list of all the equipment on board in this article.


From Kurils with Love

A hodgepodge mix and a stroke of luck

Chris Burkard's thoughts at the end of #fromkurilswithlove

#fromkurilswithlove was a coincidence, in many ways. A photographer (Renan Ozturk) does a commercial shoot for a company (Kaspersky) and they find a common interest (The Kuril Islands). The photographer finds a group of people that is as passionate about the idea as himself, and a year later they all board a boat.

Chris Burkard was one of those people and in this video he explains how this random mix of people ended up being a perfect crew.

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Create Tomorrow

Tell the world or not?

Is awareness good or bad for a paradise like the Kuril Islands?

Many people in the last days asked us why we are trying to raise awareness for the Kuril Islands; and if it wouldn't be better if they stayed hidden. We spoke to Renan Ozturk about this topic before the expedition left. In this video he sums up what the local representative of one of the world's biggest environmental conservation groups told him in a meeting a few hours before this interview.

Create Tomorrow

How technology protects animals

The expedition was set up to have two scientists on board: Rishi Sugla, who is an oceanographer, and Jeff Kerby, who researches in plant life and animal interactions in extreme environments. So these two were the scientific backbone of the crew - until last minute we received a request to take someone on board who wanted to check his timelapse cameras around the islands and bring replenishments to some of his team on Tyulenyi.

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Create Tomorrow

Back on the shore but the story continues

#fromkurilswithlove has reached Sakhalin, its final destination.

We are on our way back to port in Sakhalin. Maybe three or so hours to go. The crew is packing all the gear up.

There is an assembly station for all the tech toys on the rear of Afina and it in itself is very cool to watch. The places that these cameras have been, and the things they have seen and shot, words can't describe. Remember that more than 30 bags were loaded onto Afina 12 days ago.

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From Kurils with Love

Gear, gear, gear

Drowning in the masses of film equipment on board

#fromkurilswithlove essentially is a film production trapped on a boat. That means that there are enormous amounts of gear on board and they are spilling everywhere. There is a gear room in cabin number one - but quickly the gear started spilling over into any free area on the boat (which is totally not appreciated by the crew).

The actual gear room

Below is the impressive list of items we had on our carnet. The losses were low so far. We lost to DJI Mavic drones and had probably nearly 20 near misses as the guys are pushing their tech to the absolute limit. That is a surprisingly good result, taking into account that we are hauling the gear in and out of zodiacs, shooting in boats, on cliffs, carrying the stuff over slippery rocks all the time. Well - we brought 251 items an still have 249. Not bad.

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Create Tomorrow

No learning without tech

Dr. Vladimir Burkanov explains how technology influences his fieldwork

Dr. Vladimir Burkanov "hitchhiked" on our expedition. It was a great coincidence that made our film makers change plans and follow his work. They also made him change his Instagram handle to @bigdaddyvladi. In this video he talks about how technology changed his work in the last 30 years.

Nomads

How fluent are you in Emoji?

For the celebration of World Emoji Day, let us recap the first week of our expedition with… well… Emojis

Pioneers

Do coincidences exist?

How an encounter results in a second mission for expedition #withkurilswithlove

Whether the unexpected encounter with Dr. Vladimir Burkanov is a case of synchronicity we can debate, but for our #fromkurilswithlove expedition team it is without a doubt a meaningful coincidence.

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