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LEGEND

G = Graduate    |    U = Undergraduate


1st PLACE

What they’re working on:
Redent is proposing a system in which cocoa pod husks, a byproduct of cocoa bean production, can be upcycled into organic fertilizers, bio-soaps, and animal feed. The system, designed to be waste-free and both economically and environmentally sustainable, also aims to inspire cocoa farmers toward sustainable farm practices while giving them access to additional income streams.


2nd PLACE

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What they’re working on:
Considered Furniture is proposing a service model furniture company that shifts end-of-life responsibility of bulk furniture waste from the user to the manufacturer, responding to a need for effective waste return channels, capturing waste value, and directing that value towards new revenue streams.  


3rd PLACE

What they’re working on:
Wet Technik is proposing to address Uganda's water shortage and wastewater treatment issues by designing a system that can upcycle grey water using a mix of constructed wetlands and filtration bio carriers made from repurposed plastic bottle caps. The system aims to reduce the costs of water usage while minimizing environmental pollution from hazardous wastewater.


2019 FINALIST

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What they’re working on:
Nkunim is addressing Ghana's widespread plastic waste problem by designing a sanitation-focused mobile application that integrates with a circular economy-inspired plastic waste management system. The goal of the integrated approach is to communicate vital information to users while motivating them to participate in a system that can collect, separate, treat, and recycle plastic waste into new products. 


2019 FINALIST

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What they’re working on:
Norena Group is proposing to upcycle food waste into multiple useful products for consumers, including animal feed, plant fertilizers, clothing and other goods. Specifically, the team is looking to manufacture products out of a leather-like fabric that can be made from pineapple leaves.


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What they’re working on:
Addressing the contamination of potable water sources by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).


What they’re working on:
Developing a circular energy distribution system that can intelligently balance demand and supply.  


What they’re working on:
Developing a framework for assessing the effectiveness of China’s 2008 “Circular Economy Promotion Law,” especially as it relates to scalability in urban areas.


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What they’re working on:
Exploring opportunities for disassembly/materials recovery within existing second-hand retail markets.