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UC Merced’s Mobile App Challenge will run again this year, supported by Students for a Smarter Planet. Here is a video from last time.

 

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Packaging is perceived by many as a major cause of waste. While some might argue that that perception is misguided, the high visibility of packaging coupled with the tendency for its functionality to be short-lived means that any green credentials are often overlooked.

One emerging innovation gaining traction is the use of more natural, biological waste-derived nutrients such as straw, crops, fruit peelings and bark.

Take a look at what Dell is doing to reduce our footprint in this world:

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The European Union is also focusing a bright light on this subject with their recent initiative, the European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and “Made in Europe”, tackling some of Europe’s biggest societal challenges.

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The aim of the BBI is to use Europe’s untapped biomass and wastes as feedstock to make fossil-free and greener everyday products. At the heart of it are advanced biorefineries and innovative technologies that will convert renewable resources into sustainable bio-based chemicals, materials and fuels.
Are you inspired by any of the new technologies that are being developed?
Do you have a really amazing proposal that is stalled due to lack of funding?  You can submit your great idea and apply for secure funding through this webpage.

 

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December 23rd, 2014
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Cooperative Science – that’s what’s at the heart of a Green Tech collaboration in Latvia.  From ideas in their infancy, it is anticipated that the Incubator will grow projects with the potential to become globe changing technologies.

As posted by the EAI (European Alliance for Innovation): “The Latvian Technological Center (LTC) is an innovation and technology-oriented business support structure – business acceleration centre, which stimulates establishment and growth of knowledge-based SMEs by creating relationships between research and industry as well as encouraging SMEs for trans-national cooperation”.

Latvian Tech Ctr logoLearn more here:  Green Technology Incubator launched in Riga, Latvia

 

And check out the Call for Proposal whose deadline is Jan 2015… As a basic rule, your organisation must be registered in one of the beneficiary countries (a listing of which may be found here: http://eeagrants.org.ez.07.no/content/view/full/4991)

While the bulk of their website is in Latvian (not English) it’s worth visiting to see the relationships that they have established – check out their ‘Friends and partners’ page…companies for whom you might want to work?  http://innovation.lv/en/innovation/innovation-in-business/

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Philips has just announced their 2014 Innovation Fellows winner. VoiceItt, developer of the voice recognition software TalkItt, is the grand prize winner of the second annual Philips Innovation Fellows competition.

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TalkItt empowers people with motor, speech or language disorders to easily communicate. By recognizing the user’s vocal patterns, the app will translate unintelligible pronunciation from any language into understandable speech via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Just think of the possibilities – this new program will give a voice to those, who typically, can’t communicate. This is a truly revolutionary product.

Do you have the skills to make this world a better place for those in need of communication tools?

Also, please keep an eye out for the 2015 Philips Innovation Fellows competition as this is an annual event. Do you have an idea for the next big thing in health and well-being? Do you want to help change the world? If so, please share your idea with Philips.

You never know, you may be the 2015 winner!

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Win an exciting all-expenses-paid trip to explore sustainable farming first-hand in Latin America. Photograph: The Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance’s Follow the Farmer contest will give two winners (US contestants only) the opportunity to see first-hand what’s it’s like to pluck coffee beans or harvest mahogany on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and forests and publish their observations on the Guardian.

Specifications

● Write an entry of 300 to 500 words

● Include relevant supplemental links if you’d like

● Submission deadline is Friday 19 December 2014, at 11:59 pm EST

Get all contest details and the entry form here

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