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India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)

February 19, 2021

On 19 February 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Hon Scott Morrison MP, the Prime Minister of Australia felicitated the participants of India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon(I-ACE) at a virtual award ceremony. Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology of Australia and Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India also spoke at the event.

The idea of India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE) originated during the India-Australia Virtual Leaders’ Summit between the Prime Ministers of India and Australia, held on June 4, 2020.

The I-ACE Hackathon was organized jointly by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, India and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia with the aim of enabling students and start-ups/MSMEs from both countries to present innovative solutions for the development of a circular economy across the food system value chain. The I-ACE Hackathon addressed four themes:

Innovation in packaging - reducing packaging waste
Innovation in food supply chains - avoiding waste
Creating opportunities for plastics waste reduction
Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste


I-ACE Hackathon was launched on 16 October 2020. The initial round received over 1000 registrations from India and Australia. The finals were held between 9 and 11 February 2021 where more than 200 participants in 39 teams from India and 33 teams from Australia took part. They attended five masterclass sessions, three dedicated mentoring sessions and three presentation/ jury evaluation sessions during the intense final round. Two university teams and two start-up/MSMEs from India and Australia were declared as winners for each of the four themes.

The winners will be supported by the innovation and incubation ecosystems of both Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and CSIRO Australia to enable them develop their solutions into products.

February 19, 2021

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