This week we chat to…Michal Lovecky from Cyan Planet. Michal Lovecky from Cyan Planet. Michal was inspired to pursue a career in marine conservation after an experience saving a trapped green turtle. His ambition is to use virtual reality technology to share his passion for the ocean and to spark behavioural change in others in order to protect our oceans. A big challenge that he has taken on untiringly!
Name: Michal Lovecky
Job Title: CEO & Creative Director
Organisation: Cyan Planet
- What inspired you to pursue a career in marine conservation?
- What steps did you take/are you taking to achieve your career goals?
Well, I work. I always give 26 hours a day, 8 days a week, to the project I’m working on. As much as I believe in working smarter, not harder, there is always that part where you just have to work and push through because nobody else will do it for you. And for me, it isn’t really about achieving a career goal or, well, not achieving one. I really value the journey and the experience.
Of course, I was always open to learning new things. Over time, you accumulate many skills to utilize for whichever task or challenge you encounter. After I finished my Master’s studies, I learned about real estate, finance, business development, 360° video capturing & editing, management, immersive technologies, XR design & storytelling, coding, marine ecology & conservation (to name a few). Now, I’m leading international and interdisciplinary teams and looking into combining digital marine species preservation with blockchain technology. There are too many exciting things to not learn about them.
- How did you land your current job/position?
- Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
The creativity and freedom, the opportunity to make a difference and meet so many amazing people from XR, art and marine conservation fields.
Before the years of social distancing, I enjoyed meeting all the amazing people from the XR scene, working with them on various projects, and feeling family-like vibes throughout the industry. When I started building Cyan Planet’s impact network last year, I met many passionate people from the marine conservation field. And I really can’t wait to have the opportunity to meet everyone in person.
- Are there aspects of your position which make you feel that you are really ‘making a difference’?
- What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting out?
Oh, so many things! I would probably push myself much earlier to explore the world, to meet awesome people, and to create something cool with them.
Also, I should have bought more Bitcoin.
- Are there any skills you never thought you would need but did?
- What advice would you give to budding marine conservationists?
Persist. And always ask questions! If there is nobody in the room to explain it to you, and you are not the one who should know the answer, start seriously questioning what you and/or the team are doing.
- What is your favourite marine creature and why?
Well, my team nicknamed me Mr. Orca (the one nickname I know about). I admire these emblematic cetaceans, and if I had to choose to become one, team orca for the win, for obvious reasons.
However, I find squids and octopuses absolutely fascinating. There is so much mystery and things to discover! From biomimicry and RNA editing to the deep sea, they have mastered some skills! If I pursued a career in marine biology, I would want to do my research on them. You know, Monday & Tuesday freediving with octopuses and on Wednesday & Thursday operating ROV, exploring the deep sea, and waking up the Kraken.
- What is your most unforgettable moment in the sea?
Definitely the moment when we (Ninja and I) found the turtle. While freediving in the waters of Fernando de Noronha National Park in Brazil, I discovered a green sea turtle hiding under a part of a wreck. I was able to get very close to it, and still, it didn’t move. After a short discussion, if we should do something, I gently pushed it out, and it immediately swam up to the water’s surface to breathe.
Even though it was just a brief moment, it had a lifelong impact on me, making me realize that every little action can immediately influence the life or death of other living beings.
Thank you Michal, check out the Cyan Planet website for more updates on their innovative programmes!