7 Mar 2019 - TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC WASTE
The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis.
More than 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans each year, and without interventions, this number is expected to almost double to 17 million tons per year by 2025. The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge will focus on three strategic ways to address this growing crisis: designing alternatives to single-use plastic, identifying opportunities for industries to address plastic waste throughout supply chains, and effectively communicating the need for action through data visualization.
Teams will compete for aggregate prize purses of up to $500,000, and qualified participating teams may have the opportunity to receive a minimum of $1 million in aggregate investment from Sky Ocean Ventures.
OCEAN PLASTIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE TRACKS
The challenge is a one-year competition composed of three complementary tracks that will run simultaneously—Design, Circular Economy, and Data Visualization.
February 11, 2019 - Registration opens
June 11, 2019 - Initial Submission Deadline
Week of July 8, 2019 - Finalists Selected
Week of November 11, 2019 - Finalists’ Submissions Due
Week of December 9, 2019 - Finalists Pitch Their Solutions to a Panel of Expert Judges
Week of December 9, 2019 - Winners Announced
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/innovation-challenges/plastic/