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:

Congratulations to the 2020 Hackathon Prize Winners:

1st: Wild Nest, University of Oregon, who developed an innovative plan for addressing the stunning amount of lightly used furniture waste which is generated by the hospitality sector each year. They created a plan for hotel furniture decommissioning, as-is sales, re-upholstery, and designer retail.
2nd: Moment Energy, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, who plan to give new life to retired electric vehicle batteries by deploying them alongside renewable energy systems as a clean energy alternative to diesel generators.
3rd: Beedie Luminaries, University of British Columbia, who aim to reduce food waste one item at a time through a suite of tactics leveraging clever advances in shelf-life placards, display and stocking tactics, and a new mobile-app-based “buy one, get one later” loyalty program.

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:

About the Zero Waste Innovation Hackathon


Zero Waste Innovation Hackathon is a free five-week virtual program and competition that provides online seminars, learning tools, coaching resources, collaboration sessions, and cash prizes to accelerate the pace of Zero Waste innovation by high school and college students and recent alums across the Pacific Northwest.


Learn more on a Hackathon dedicated website: