For the third edition of its Changemaker Challenge, Dopper partnered with Impact Hub King’s Cross, Impact Hub Amsterdam and Impact Hub Berlin to find the most innovative student ideas for a plastic-free future with crystal-clear waters. Students based in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany or Nepal applied for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge for a chance to win a £5,000 research grant, promo support and valuable contacts.
Whether working towards your Bachelor or Masters degree in Product Design or Biology, from Marketing to Economics – university students from ALL disciplines were welcome to join the Changemaker Challenge!
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The winning projects received:
The jury (consisting of: Merijn Everaarts – Founder of Dopper; Andrew Hughes – Photographer and Artist; Maria Coronado Robles – Senior Consultant in Natural Resources at Euromonitor International; Jamie Rowles – Investment Processes Lead and Portfolio Manager at Sky Ocean Ventures; Debra Guo – Environmental Sustainability Manager at Stella McCartney; and Lizzie Carr – Activist, author and adventurer) decided on the following winners:
Marcus Rodin, 1st place
The objective of Marcus’ project is to convert kelp into a usable product, for example; packaging, building, etc. As one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet, kelp can be farmed to achieve carbon sequestration and converted into an extrudable bioplastic, locking the carbon inside the material.
Mia Wreford, 2nd place
The phenomena and management of abandoned, lost, or other discarded fishing gear, otherwise known as ‘ghost fishing’ is a considerable concern for marine health and the global economy. Mia is researching the potential to valorise and recycle this material sustainably through an innovative process of thermal cracking.
Sarah Kakadellis, 3rd place
Sarah’s research project will address the sustainability of conventional and biodegradable plastics in the field of food packaging. Since the use of plastic is a contentious issue, but the prevention of food waste it can contribute is often overlooked.
Our other finalists, in no particular order:
In Dopper’s own words:
“Crystal-clear water, in every ocean, from every tap. That’s Dopper’s goal. Our nemesis? Single-use water bottles. That’s why we created the ultimate reusable water bottle, called Dopper. This bottle battles the throwaway lifestyle. And it is working. Up until now, we’ve prevented over 40 million kilos of single-use plastic from entering our oceans. Feels pretty good. But when you realise that we throw a garbage truck of plastic waste in our oceans every minute, we still have a long way to go. Luckily, we’re not doing this alone. We believe that we need the next generation of changemakers – yes you! – to change the world. That’s why we started a competition: the Dopper Changemaker Challenge.”