Event Wrapup: Waste & Circular Economies in China

For 30 years, the West has believed that by separating our waste into colored bins, we could live a life of fast consumption without worrying about the planetary impact. That as “recyclers”, we were doing our part. However, that fantasy began to unravel last year as a combination of China’s waste ban mixed with images of ocean plastics, brought the realities front and center. In China however,…

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Sustainable Consumerism in China Forum

For many firms who have invested significant time and resources into building sustainability into their brands, or launching entirely new business units where sustainability is the core of the business, the struggle to identify (and convert) consumers who time and time again say they are willing to support “sustainable” brands who are “more sustainable. It is a challenge for many entrepreneurs,…

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Future of Food and Plant Based Proteins in China

While the challenges and environmental costs of our food and agricultural systems are becoming understood by the mass market, and concerns over food security, affordability, and safety are at their peak, the opportunities entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver innovations in product and process are growing by the day. To help participants better understand the megatrends and business models fo…

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Circular Economy in China

ABOUT EVENT As China’s cities struggle to manage the exponential growth of urban waste streams, the need for circular systems where waste is a resource is clear. Through this event, participants will hear about the potential for entrepreneurs and young professionals about the opportunities to develop businesses and careers that will help close the loop on waste to overcome this challenge. h…

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Target Safe Sleepwear Hackathon

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Sustainability: The Next Trillion Dollar Economy

As the challenges of environmental, social, and economic sustainability grow more and more tangible, and calls for action growing more frequent, we would like to invite you to our March 13 event in Shanghai to learn about the trillion dollar opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship to build innovative business models, products, or services. Through this event, participants will hear from…

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Hacking Chemical Safety of Consumer Products!

The unprecedented speed at which science and technology are advancing has resulted on the development of numerous household chemicals that have slowly become indispensable to people. On the long term, the unsafe use, storage, and disposal of these chemicals may pose a threat to human and animal health. In fact, places like China have seen a rising number of hospitalizations of thousands of childre…

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China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation Hackathon

On 9-10 June, 2018, the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) and eight of its multinational member corporations (Ashland, BASF, Covestro, Exxon Mobil, Huntsman, Invista, Lanxess, and Solvay) came together to launch the “Together for a Sustainable Community” (TFSC) hackathon in Shanghai. Every team focused on different target markets and combined their online and offline rese…

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China Waste Import Ban: Boon or Bane?

Following the policy changes around informal vs. formal waste management systems, and the recent ban on foreign waste imports, we partnered with Green Initiatives to discuss these topics at the Green Drinks Forum: China’s Waste Ban – Boon or Bane? At the event, Richard Brubaker (Founder of CR) provided an overview of the recent research and client work we have done with the various waste stream…

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2017 Kohler Hackathon: Who Are the Winners?

In 2016, 30.2% of the permanent population in Shanghai is above the age of 60 (Xinhuanet). It is also estimated that the number of elderly will overtake the number of youths in China around 2020. Aging has become one of the biggest challenges to the quickly urbanizing China. Not only is the government struggling to provide enough beds for senior citizens in public hospitals and senior houses, t…

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Target Hackathon Makes the Connection!

Following a two-week period of desk and field research, the Target Design an APP for left-behind children hackathon was held in Shanghai last weekend. Six student teams brainstormed for 24-hours straight to design an innovative APP that transforms the way migrant worker parents communicate with their children left behind in rural China. The outputs at the end of the 24-hour deadline were some h…

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Class ended at Vincci Real Estate Hackathon!

On 5-6 May 2017 , Vincci Group launched "The Educational Hub of Tomorrow" hackathon in Chengdu. Within 24 hours, six student teams from Sichuan University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Southwest Jiaotong University, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu University of Technology and Chengdu University successfully completed the following challenge and presented thei…

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Sustainability Trends and Social Entrepreneurship in Asia

This video is of our August 4, 2017 presentation at the Asia Value Advisors Sustainability Trends in Asia and the Role of Social Entrepreneurship event in Hong Kong. In it, Richard Brubaker, speaks abotu the environmental, social, and economic challenges that will be faced by the region over the next 25 years, and the opportunities for (social) entrepreneurs to build businesses built on solving…

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Students Hack Future Car Sharing with JLR – In 36 Hours

This weekend, JLR launched its 36-hour car sharing challenge: "Hacking the Future of Connected Vehicles." Student competitors from Tongji, Jiaotong, Zhejiang, the China Academy of Art, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology will work through Sunday evening, presenting their final designs in front of an industry panel. Each student team will respond to the same question: "How can prem…

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Students Hack Allergies in China with Bayer

Allergies: The Problem Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide, with prevalence of the whole population by country ranging from 10-40%. A number of triggers, such as food, dust and pollen, are responsible for allergic reactions, activating symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, or on the skin. Even beyond physical effects ranging from mere irritation to anaphylactic reactio…

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