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£7k prize offered in open call for technology innovation

04 August 2017

A national call has been launched for innovators interested in a circular economy to take part in a technology hackathon at this year’s RWM conference at Birmingham’s NEC, 12 -14 September.

Information technologies, smart data, digitisation and the Internet of Things have revolutionised many activities in our daily lives.

For example, 15 per cent of UK retail spending is now online, totalling £52 billion in 2015. eBay hosts 150 million active trades at any one time and lists more than 700 million items, far in excess of the inventory that a physical market can hope to store or display.

Smart data, mobile apps and other digital applications are also beginning to be applied in waste management, with ‘smart bins’ being just one example.

But can we do more? Can we use these technologies to help consumers make educated product purchase, reuse and recycling decisions? Can we make product management and waste management more joined-up and efficient?

Will you take the #CEhack17 challenge?

London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has teamed up with RWM and this year’s event industry partner, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, to host #CEhack17.

This is a collaborative ‘hackathon’ event with a £7,000 prize available and an opportunity to receive advice, support and mentoring from industry experts.

The challenge is to showcase innovative ideas that use mobile technology, smart data and the Internet of Things to deliver solutions for improving circularity.

By way of example, innovations could address (but are not limited to) the following aims:
• Influence consumer purchasing decisions to help them buy products that can be repaired, exchanged or recycled
• Develop apps that help with the collection of small volume or specialist waste or redundant products, for example coffee capsules
• Inform consumers how materials can be recycled, and whether their local municipal collection services can collect and recycle those materials
• Engage 18-34 year olds with recycling, this could be through gamification or reward schemes.

If you’re interested you need to submit outline proposals to LWARB by 17 August 2017.

Successful applicants will be invited to a pitch day in London on 31 August 2017, from which five teams will be selected to pitch for the prize at the final at RWM in Birmingham on 13 September 2017.

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