National Geographic Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge 2019

The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis.

More than 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the oceans each year, and without interventions, this number is expected to almost double to 17 million tons per year by 2025. The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge will focus on three strategic ways to address this growing crisis: designing alternatives to single-use plastic, identifying opportunities for industries to address plastic waste throughout supply chains, and effectively communicating the need for action through data visualization.

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The challenge is a one-year competition composed of three complementary tracks that will run simultaneously—Design, Circular Economy, and Data Visualization.

Design Track
The Design Track challenges teams to identify pragmatic, investable solutions to improve food and beverage packaging and containers.

Circular Economy Track
The Circular Economy Track challenges teams to develop scalable business models and technology solutions, applicable across industries, to reduce plastic packaging waste and encourage the reuse and repurposing of plastic alternatives instead of discarding them after one use.

Data Visualization Track
The Data Visualization Track challenges teams to represent a relevant, credible data set related to the global challenge of plastic waste as a data visualization.

Sky Ocean Ventures and National Geographic have joined forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. Sky Ocean Ventures was launched in March 2018 with a £25 million cornerstone commitment from Sky and the objective of seeking out investment opportunities in start-up innovation businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic waste crisis. The National Geographic Society is bringing together its global network of scientists and academics to support the fund’s vision, along with a financial commitment focused on activity that aligns with its mission, values, and objectives.

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  • Teams will compete for aggregate prize purses of up to $500,000
  • Qualified participating teams may have the opportunity to receive a minimum of $1 million in aggregate investment from Sky Ocean Ventures.


  • For all three(3)Tracks, an eligible entry must be a solution that is originally developed and implemented by the team. It can be based on an existing product or research, or it can be a novel project. It must not violate any applicable law or regulation or infringe any third-party rights, including any third-party intellectual property rights(“Eligible Entry”).
  • Eligible Entry(ies) must be submitted in English.
  • All team members must be eighteen (18)years of age or older.
  • Employees of Sponsor, National Geographic Partners, LLC (“NGP”), SOV, any Judges, their corporate entities, each’s subsidiaries and affiliates, and each’s immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related,are ineligible.Challenge is void in mainland China, the Crimea region controlled by Russia, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, the province of Quebec, Sudan, Syria, and where prohibited at the time of the challenge.
Eligible Regions: Multiple Region

Application Process

Apply through the given link.

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Application Deadline: June 11, 2019

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