Innovation Waste Summit and Pacific NW Hackathon Finals
Our annual waste summit was held on November 30, 2020. This year’s theme was innovation, highlighting cutting-edge entrepreneurs and researchers in the region. The event coincided with the finals of the first annual Pacific NW Hackathon.
Watch Waste Summit video presentations:
- Aimee Rudolph, Beta Hatch – how they farm insects to create high-value proteins, oils, and nutrients for agriculture
- Nicole Baker, Net Your Problem – recycling a major plastic pollutant of the ocean – fishing nets
- Russell Davis, Organix– using state-of-the-art vermiculture for dairy waste (cow poop)
- Karl Englund, WSU and Global Fiberglass Solutions – recycling windmill blades and other composites
- Chris Idso, WA State Department of Corrections – pioneered vessel composing at our state prisons and other innovations
- Manuel Montano, WWU – cutting edge assessment of plastic nanoparticles in the environment
- Mike Centers, Titus MRF Services – results of pilot testing for secondary recycling facility in Portland, OR
- Corinne McCarthy, C+C – innovating new methods for looking at people’s behavior as they recycle or compost
Congratulations to the 2020 Hackathon Prize Winners:
Watch video presentations from six Hackathon Finalists here.
The first Pacific NW Zero Waste Hackathon drew 15 student teams. The hackathon delivered a 5-week training program forthe teams with business ideas relating to zero waste. Fifteen teams participated from as far south as Eugene, OR, and north to British Columbia. The students competed for cash prizes up to $2,500 while receiving mentorship, coaching, and judging from over forty-five solid waste and business professionals from around the region.
Learn more about Hackahton: https://hackathon.zerowastewashington.org