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Event launch for Open Innovation Competition 2020

Join us on Thursday 21 May from 4pm to 5.30pm (AEST)

Questions and comments from the launch.

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Open Innovation Competition 2020

You’re invited to the launch of this year’s Open Innovation Competition on waste and the circular economy.

The Open Innovation Competition is the City of Melbourne's yearly challenge to solve a city issue.

With a different theme each year, the competition calls for innovators, entrepreneurs, students and community members to submit their bright ideas to solve the challenge. It is designed to tap into the creativity and expertise of our community, and stimulate new ideas and effective solutions.

Participants are encouraged to incorporate data and emerging technology into their ideas to address common urban challenges.

This year, the theme for the Open Innovation Competition is ‘waste and the circular economy’.

We invite the community to find ways to help eliminate the 800,000 tonnes of waste created within the City of Melbourne boundary every year, some of which is recycled, most of which goes to landfill.

To mark the launch of this 6-week long competition, we’ve assembled a virtual panel of experts, innovators and industry leaders to share their knowledge, experiences and insights relating to the waste and circular economy space.

There will also be a moderated panel discussion and a live Q&A with the audience to help spark inspiration to solve this year’s problem statement:

How might we create a more transparent circular economy by better addressing and influencing the ways in which the whole supply chain can eliminate waste?
This virtual launch event marks the competition officially open for applications until they close 3 July.

Waste and the Circular Economy