India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February 2021

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The India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE) will provide a virtual forum for participants to learn from industry experts, engage with like-minded individuals and create new ideas that will help us rethink materials and waste.

The I-ACE Hackathon is a two-day virtual event held simultaneously across Australia and India. It is open to university students, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups in Australia and India. Throughout this hackathon, teams will select an idea to develop, justify, and present as a solution in response to a theme. Projects can take the form of an app, digital art, a website, a game, 3D models, graphic designs, pure academic research, or any other medium which can be tested and innovated upon.

Our competition themes:

  1. Innovation in packaging reducing packaging waste
  2. Innovation in food supply chains avoiding waste
  3. Creating opportunities for plastics waste reduction
  4. Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste

The I-ACE Hackathon is a collaboration between Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India and CSIRO Australia.
Get involved to:

  • Engage with leading experts in Circular Economy
  • Participate in Master classes with Indian and Australian experts
  • Pitch your idea to win part of a $52,000 prize pool
  • Connect with like-minded peers and mentors
  • Have fun!

Click here to register your interest.


How can we stimulate the transition to a Circular Economy in Australia? – Dec 2019

On the 4th of December, 2019, the CSIRO set out to bring together key contributors from government, industry and academia to explore how we might catalyse a national dialogue on the circular economy to drive awareness, policy development, investment and partnerships to close the gaps. The aim was to identify key opportunities and intervention points to facilitate a circular economy transition through policy, partnership and investment, supported by scientific innovation.

Click here to download the Executive Summary of the Stakeholder Workshop

Waste Innovation for a Circular Economy – May 2019

On May 27-29, CSIRO convened a Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium titled “Waste Innovation for a Circular Economy” in Melbourne Victoria, to present the latest in research and technology, and to discuss the opportunities, barriers and strategy about transitioning Australia to a Circular Economy. There were 90 delegates in attendance, including representatives from international and Australian research institutions, State, Local and Regional Government Agencies and regulatory bodies, industry, community and educators.

Click here to see more information and the workshop report.