Organizer : NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission(AIM) & Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO)
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission(AIM) & Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO) kick-started the India-Australia Circular Economy (I-ACE) Hackathon, 2021 to enable talented innovative students and start-ups from Australia and India to address common national issues through innovative technology solutions.
More than 1000 applications received from both countries went through a rigorous screening process, after which Top 80 applications are selected for an unique bi-lateral Hackathon, wherein students and startups of both the nations will work together on Innovative ways of boosting Circular Economy in priority themes viz. Innovation in packaging reducing packaging waste, Innovation in food supply chains avoiding waste, Creating opportunities for plastics waste reduction, and Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste. Between 8th to 11th February 2021, the shortlisted teams were scheduled worked on creating ingenious solutions which are Relevant, Innovative, Deployable, Impactful, and can be Commercialized in the global market. The final presentations scheduled on February 11th, 2021 and evaluated by a panel of experts from both the countries as Jury. The total prize pool for the I-ACE Hackathon is around fifty-six lakh rupees altogether. The winners will be felicitated in presence of key Government dignitaries from both the countries.
About India-Australia Circular Economy (I-ACE) Hackathon
The concept of I-ACE joint Hackathon originated in the virtual bilateral summit between the Hon. Prime Minister of India and the Hon. Prime Minister of Australia, held on June 4th, 2020 where they committed to joint circular economy innovation initiatives between the two countries.