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Calling for Innovations: The Plastics Data Challenge

Admin | Oct 03, 2019



Each year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans, equating to five full trash bags along every inch of coastline worldwide. An estimated 80% of ocean plastics is a result of mismanaged waste from five Asian nations. For this reason, many climate leaders recognize that optimizing plastic waste management across this region is an impactful first step to ending the crisis.

However, as the layers are peeled back, an important ingredient is missing: data.

Across South and Southeast Asia, there is currently limited to no transparency and visibility of plastic waste flows. This condition is largely on account of a lack of reliable, consistent, and accurate plastic waste data, as well as the resources to apply data technologies in order to optimize waste management systems.


The Plastics Data Challenge is a global innovation challenge that will source, support, and scale innovative technologies that address the leakage of plastic waste into the environment.

Through this challenge, academic institutions, startups, entrepreneurs, companies, and data scientists worldwide are invited to submit their innovative solutions that address the lack of data across Asia’s plastics value chains and be a pioneer in the region’s emerging WasteTech sector.

Up to 10 semi-finalists will be invited to a one-week innovation summit in Singapore and receive mentorship through a six-week pilot-readiness program.

From this cohort, 3 finalists will be selected to receive a cash prize of up to US$10,000 in addition to the opportunity to implement a pilot in South and Southeast Asia with the support of The Incubation Network and its partners.

So join us in this timely movement and share or apply to the Plastic Data Challenge today!

Applications open on 19th December 2019 until 13th March 2020

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