The Plastics Data Challenge



Date & time

13 March 2020


13 March 2020

About this event


  • Each year, about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter our oceans, 60% of which is estimated to be the result of mismanaged waste from just five countries in Asia. To end this crisis, it is urgent that we improve plastic waste management systems on land across the region.
  • The Plastics Data Challenge by the Incubation Network is a global innovation challenge to end ocean plastic pollution. The challenge will source, support, and scale innovative solutions, methodologies and working prototypes that create and leverage data to address the leakage of plastic waste into the environment and to facilitate the entry of these solutions into markets across South and Southeast Asia.
  • Academic institutions, startups, entrepreneurs, companies, and data scientists worldwide are invited to submit their solutions which address the lack of data across Asia’s plastics value chains and be a pioneer in the region’s emerging WasteTech sector.
  • Applications open 19th December 2019 and will remain open until 13 March 2020.


Up to 10 Semifinalists will receive…

  • A trip to Singapore for the Innovation Summit in May 2020 
  • Mentorship and pro-bono technical assistance 
  • Media and communications support 
  • Access to exclusive investor and philanthropic networks 

The Top 3 finalists will receive cash prizes up to USD$10,000 and support from The Incubation Network to co-design and implement a pilot of their solution in South or Southeast Asia.


The Incubation Network powered by The Circulate Initiative and SecondMuse is building a thriving circular economy by developing, promoting and incubating innovative technologies, business models and entrepreneurs that prevent ocean plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia. The initiative will create a connected network of innovators, investors, civil society organisations, and government leaders across South and Southeast Asia. Collectively, they will design and deliver programs that drive investment, innovation, and partnerships for inclusive and gender-responsive waste management and circular economy solutions. 

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