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Student Entries Being Accepted For Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

If you’re a university student with a cool idea of how to rid the oceans of plastic, you should check out the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge.

Organized by UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic, the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge is looking for fresh ideas on cleaning the ocean of plastic in four fields.

According to a post on the Project Aware website, you’ll need to submit a proposal in one or more of the following: Engineering and Design; Communication; Economics; or Prediction and Recovery.

A winner from each category will be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California, in March 2018. If you win, you’ll get the chance to present your ideas at the conference and gain entry into the Think Beyond Plastic annual acceleration program, where you’ll get mentoring and support to convert your winning idea into something that’s commercially viable.

The deadline for entries is October 6th, 2017. To be eligible, you’ll need to be enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate degree program as of June 2017 and have the support of a faculty member.

For judging criteria and instructions on how to enter, go to the website.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.