ONLINE LAUNCH: Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge (EPPIC)
Date: Wednesday 24 June – from 3:00 to 4:00pm ICT
EPPIC is a brand-new competition calling for all innovators to share their bright ideas for tackling plastic pollution, with the objective of contributing to the reduction of plastic waste in coastal areas in Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
During its first phase, the competition aims to seek innovative solutions to plastic pollution in Ha Long Bay in Viet Nam and Koh Samui in Thailand.
The project seeks to reduce plastic pollution in coastal areas in Viet Nam and Thailand in 2020, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines in 2021, contributing to the achievement of SDG 14 and SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption).
EPPIC will bring together citizens, local governments, and the private sector to collaborate in establishing effective and innovative solutions. The EPPIC competition is also the opportunity to drive change by raising awareness, collecting lessons learned and trying new approaches to address localised plastic issues.
All individuals and organisations are welcome to enter the competition, including businesses, non-profit organisations, and academic and public institutions. At least one member of the team must be a citizen of an ASEAN country.
Winners will have the opportunity to receive a total of 12 months of incubation training and USD$18,000 in equity-free seed-funding.
The Challenge is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam.