Plastics Data Challenge

End ocean plastic pollution with your innovative data-driven solution

 The challenge invites institutions, startups, companies, and data scientists from around the globe to develop advanced solutions to be applied across plastic waste management and recycling value chains in South and Southeast Asia.

Application Deadline Extended to March 15th, 2020


Please select only either the second or third option-- Startup or Other, respectively, based on which description best matches your profile. We kindly ask that you do NOT identify as a Student, even if you are currently enrolled in University, for platform capacity purposes.

Applicants may submit more than one solution or prototype, but solutions must not be substantially similar to a prior submission by the same applicant.

You will need to assign one person of your team to create a profile on Agorize and represent your team. Please include the names and info of your team members in your application form in the appropriate section.

You will receive an email confirmation upon successful registration for the Plastics Data Challenge.

To update your details, log in and go to your participant profile to edit or change your details.

Yes, absolutely. Please select a representative from your team to apply and register on Agorize. When creating a profile, please select the option that reads “You are neither a student nor a startup”. Even if you are a student, we kindly ask to NOT select that option for platform capacity purposes. The platform will actively save your answers as you go.

After submission, You can edit your participation as much as you want before the deadline. The platform will actively save your answers as you go. 

The Plastics Data Challenge is an opportunity for innovators worldwide with data-driven solutions for ocean plastic pollution to pilot their innovation in South & Southeast Asia. A cohort of up to 10 semi-finalists will be invited to participate in a seven-week pilot readiness program composed of a one-week Innovation Summit in Singapore and six-weeks of virtual sessions with their own curated team of global experts. Three finalists from the cohort will receive a $10,000 grant and will be able to unlock additional resources and technical support from The Incubation Network to implement their pilot upon graduation from the program. All participants - finalists and semi-finalists alike - will emerge from this program with clarity of an action plan for a thriving pilot in Asia along with a community of mentors, fellow innovators, and resource-providers to support them along their journey.

Yes, they can relate to more than one challenge area. However, please do take the time to read the description of each challenge area to clearly express which area your solution best matches, rather than selecting all three out of convenience.

No, all challenge areas will be evaluated the same. These areas are merely to help our judges best understand and evaluate your solution and its relevance to the mission of this challenge.

Only one person will be sponsored. However, if you would like one other team member/founder to accompany you, the person is able to join but will need to be self-funded.

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