Welcome to the 2018 Circular Economy ResourCE Hack

Brought to you by PLuS Alliance partners Arizona State University and UNSW, Sydney.
19th – 20/21st October 2018


The Challenge

“How might we re-design products and services that reduces waste and negative impacts for our planet in order to build economic, natural and social capital?”


Help us create impactful solutions to global problems.

We want you and your fellow awesome student innovators to join this hack to think about and redesign the future of the world as we know it. Join colleagues at Arizona State University and UNSW Sydney to tackle one of the world’s global challenges and compete during this 36-hour circular economy hack to take a solution from idea to reality.

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration, shifts towards the use of renewable energy, eliminates the use of toxic chemicals, which impair reuse and return to the biosphere, and aims for the elimination of waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems and business models.

Limited spots available so sign up now!


Select your University



Two Days of Collaboration and Ideation

Over the two days, you will work together with students from your university on a solution for a real-world problem. You’ll be mentored by experts, learn new techniques, collaborate with other students and pitch your ideas!

Meet New People

You’ll engage with people from different backgrounds and with diverse skills to create a solution to the problem that can scale globally. This hack will be a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests, make connections with fellow student and network with staff, academics and practitioners in the industry.

Free food and drinks

To make sure you are fuelled for the challenge ahead of you, we’ll supply you with nourishing (and sometimes naughty) food and drink for the duration of the hack. Submitted dietary requirements will be covered.


Ongoing support and mentoring on your solution and for your team will be provided by each university. Each university will select one winning team and those teams will be given prizes from key sponsors. Sponsors and prizes will be announced closer to the hack date. The ASU and UNSW winning teams will then go on to compete against each other for the PLuS Alliance cash prize of $2000.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hack?

First up, it’s nothing scary or illegal! Some hacks (including this one) don’t even involve computer programming. A hack is an event, usually occurring over a few days, that encourages people to collaborate in an intensive way to help solve a problem.

What makes a hack so rewarding is the intensity of the experience- you’ll form fast friends and come up with solutions quickly- and the fact that you get to see the outcomes of all that collaborating really quickly. The magic happens when people from all different backgrounds come together and spark ideas in one another that alone, they would never have thought of.

What skills and experience do I need to join this hack?

We’d love to see students from all faculties participating! Whether you’re a student from the Business School, Arts and Social Sciences, Medicine, Law or Engineering (or anything else we’ve missed!) your skills and perspectives will be vital and put to good use. There is no prerequisite knowledge needed- we’ll teach you the techniques and methods to produce a business model.

What does it cost to enter?

Nothing! Admission is free for all ASU or UNSW Students!

Do I need to be a programmer?

Definitely not. While we welcome tech based ideas, your idea doesn’t have to be based in technology at all – and could include various disciplines such as design, business, engineering, or science. We want participants of all majors or faculties to collaborate to create a cohesive solution to the problem.

Who can join this hack?

Any and all ASU or UNSW Students are welcome to join! Regardless of what your faculty or major is, or whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student. Anyone is welcome!


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