Welcome to Nepal Plastic Upcycle MAKEathon
You are warmly invited to the Nepal Plastic Upcycle MAKEathon, an exciting innovation contest to generate ideas to upcycle plastic into housing products for homes in Nepal. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your ideas and expertise, help solving plastic waste problems, and try out your skills in a unique environment!
The event is aat FabLab Nepal in Kathmandu from 10th-12th of November 2022.
Please join us if you want to
● Meet people who share the same passion for a sustainable world
● Share your ideas, skills and creativity with the like-minded people
● Turn plastic waste into valuable products
● Create business with plastic upcycling that improve the living conditions of homes in Nepal
* Please note that all the generated ideas will be shared with the public as open-source materials.
Is this you? Apply here today!
[What is MAKEathon?]
MAKEathon is an open innovation competition that brings interested people together, and provides the participants with resources, insights, mentoring and space to generate creative innovation ideas within a short period of timeframe. In doing so, individuals are exposed to fresh perspectives and know-hows from each other, and often come up with great innovations that were not realised at the single individual level.
It works like a hackathon, we offer an additional element of physical prototyping to encourage participants to experiment and build their ideas using tangible materials and tools.
[What is the Global Plastic Upcycle MAKEathon Challenge?]
Participants will be teamed up and work to
DEVELOP A PRODUCT USING PLASTIC WASTE TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS IN NEPALI HOMES
Ultimately, your innovation will
● Create sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities for the planet and for your future career
● Create collective forces to effectively act against climate crisis
● Last but not least, you will have lots of FUN!
[UN Sustainable Development Goals]
The MAKEathon will contribute to achieving several of the UN SGDs. Such as
● No 1. No poverty
● No 3. Good health and well-being
● No 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
● No 12. Sustainable production and consumption
● No 13. Climate action
● No 17. Partnerships for the goals
10th-12th of November 2022 (3 days)
● FabLab Nepal in Kathmandu
[How MAKEathon works]
The event is run in Nepali and English.
During the 3-day event, we offer a series of inspiring talks, mentoring, ideation tools and platforms, and access to the prototyping facilities Kathmandu.
The participants will have a chance to meet talented, like-minded people around the world online and work in teams to create new business ideas and create prototypes.
Day 1 is for Intro and Inspiration. Teams are introduced to the MAKEathon challenge and attend the expert webinars on the challenge.
Day 2 is for idea scoping and prototyping. Teams work together to develop ideas through brainstorming, sketching, prototyping and business modelling with the support of mentors.
Days 3 are for idea refining and finalisation and the final day for the final pitches and the award ceremony.
Nepal Plastic Upcycle MAKEathon is open to innovative individuals aged 18+ from all backgrounds and genders, including:
● Aspiring entrepreneurs
● Ambitious innovators and nudgers
● Compelling storytellers and communicators
● Creative makers and designers
● World-class researchers, scientists, and sociologists
● People who observe others and get a kick out of solving difficult challenges
You DO NOT need to be a professional in climate science or food technology. Just be willing to bring your expertise, passion and team spirit to work collaboratively to solve the challenge. PEOPLE FROM ALL DISCIPLINES, ESPECIALLY FROM PLASTIC RECYCLING, DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. We are committed to diversity and members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Register here: https://forms.gle/MAPbCyQN5ttVDX64A
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Places are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment!
Both teams and individuals are encouraged to apply.
If you register but cannot attend the event anymore, please inform the organisers ASAP to allow us to allocate new members from the waiting list.
Teams are required to submit the below final materials by noon 12th November 2022.
One page summary of the concept (template will be provided)
● No longer than 3 min pre-recorded presentation pitch video covering:
o Project title
o Team name and members
o Challenge and problem statement
o Innovation concept and how it works
o Business model and target market
o Next steps, necessary resources, and implementation plan
● Submissions must be in English
● Innovation & Integrity: Is it addressing the MAKEathon challenge? Is it a creative and original solution for the challenge?
● Sustainability Impact: When scaled up, will the solution create enough social and environmental value?
● Business potential: Is the business model viable? Is it applicable to the real world market and consumers? Is the commercial opportunity scalable?
● Team & Pitch: Is the team enthusiastic to continue the entrepreneurial journey? Is the pitch compelling?
● Prototype: Does the prototype demonstrate the concept effectively? Is the innovation concept technically feasible?
● 10-Month Start-Up incubation proramme in Kathmandu
● Professional prototyping service of their idea
THe MAKEathon is led by Centre for Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK.
The MAKEathon is a part of the project funded by Sustainable Manufacturing & Environmental Pollution (SMEP) and the UK aid from the UK government, and Field Ready UK and Impact Hub Kathmandu (former Nepal Communitere) are the consortium partners.
Our MAKEathon partners are
● Impact Hub Nepal
● Field Ready
● BK Sustainable Living Paradigm Research and Education Programme, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
FIRST OF ALL, HAVE FUN!
THE MAKEATHON TERMS OF ENTRY
By entering the MAKEathon, you agree to the following legally binding Terms of Entry. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, DO NOT ENTER THE COMPETITION.
Participants will work with their team using the online platforms and/or FabLab facilities. Zoom is for
There is no charge for participation.
IDEA & PROJECT ELIGIBILITY
The submission project/idea must be new and unique. Additionally, it must address the challenge of the competition.
DESIGNS & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, CONFIDENTIALITY AND OWNERSHIP
The participants can create new ideas and/or bring in their own designs and ideas provided the Intellectual Property Rights are not breached. The MAKEathon event organisers do not have responsibility for the IP rights that the participants decided to use. It is their own responsibility to exploit and expose the idea with others.
1. Respecting material of other participants
Participants to this MAKEAthon will respect the authorship of ideas and material submitted by other participants or discussed between participants and will not make use of them without permission of the creator.
No material submitted or presented in the MAKEThon will be treated as confidential and participants are entirely responsible for any decision to communicate ideas, being in mind publication prevents patenting.
Participants therefore must consider carefully what they disclose and not disclose any information or material which they regard as patentable technology or commercially sensitive information. See also para 2.1 and 3 below.
Any disputes between participants or within teams will be for the participants/teams to resolve.
2. Intellectual Property:
2.1 Material submitted to MAKEthon will be shown to the facilitators, mentors and juries.
2.2 The University will not disclose online in a publicly discoverable fashion without the originator’s consent any presentations, photos including zoom screenshots, prototypes, audio, or video recordings.
2.3 All participants guarantee they have checked that they are not including any third party ideas or material and/or they have all the permissions they need to use anyone else’s input to their prototype (including any member of staff, supervisor, other students, employers, work colleagues, friends)
2.4 University staff are funded to generate this MAKEathon concept and disseminate it. The MAKEathon concept (and all material supplied and website content and processes) belongs to the University of Cambridge, developed under the Peas’n Chips project. If you wish to use it, this must be discussed with the University.
2.5 The University does not claim ownership of any materials submitted or prototypes created. Ownership by participants is determined by normal legal principles. (See WIPO https://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/about-ip/en/iprm/pdf/ch2.pdf )
CODE OF CONDUCT
We expect all participants to follow high ethical standards. Show respect to all participants, attempt collaboration before conflict, and refrain from demeaning comments.
This is a harassment-free event for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. If you're aware of any harassment, please report it immediately to event organisers.
The personal details provided at registration will be used strictly only for MAKEathon administration purposes.
For full details of the IfM's policy https://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/privacy-policy/
1.1 The University will use the information on your application form to administer and promote the MAKEathon and further events of a similar nature.
1.2 All participants agree that the University’s Institute for Manufacturing may promote this event including by photographs taken at the event. If you are not willing to be photographed, tell the organiser.
1.3 University also has the right to use for advertisement in the publicity statements or events, including all types of media, both print and online:
• the process photos (excluding the final prototypes)
• short descriptions (provided by the teams)
• all participating teams’ names and likenesses
2. Platform provider terms – video conferencing/collaboration providers
When deciding to disclose material via the IT platforms being used for the Virtual MAKEathon, please consider the platform providers terms and conditions, including any data they collect about you or use of your content. You must familiarise yourself with their specific terms and condition for:
 Up to 3 members can for a team. Even if you are applying as a team, please register individually and specify the team name in the application form.