At LAUNCH, we see a future where the making of things has a positive impact on human prosperity and planetary sustainability. With this SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Green Chemistry, LAUNCH seeks innovations that leverage or advance green chemistry to transform the system of materials and manufacturing to one that advances global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources. The current green chemistry challenge will run from June 18, 2014 until September 24, 2014.
Up to ten innovators will be selected to attend the LAUNCH Forum in early 2015, where winners will present to leaders from business, government, academia, science and the NGO community. At the Forum the LAUNCH team will facilitate targeted sessions between innovators and relevant subject matter experts who can provide guidance on how best to develop your innovation. Additionally, you will become part of the LAUNCH Network, a growing community of the most disruptive thinkers on the planet.
LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded by NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S Department of State to identify and foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world. LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level. Currently, LAUNCH is focused on positively transforming the system of materials and manufacturing, which can have dramatic social, environmental and economic impacts on the world. In order to harness the innovation needed to advance this system, LAUNCH has issued a series of global challenges to address key barriers. The current green chemistry cycle presents an opportunity to elevate and support innovators working on a crucial component of the sustainable materials and manufacturing system.