Hackathon creating new solutions to protect the Baltic Sea from microplastics
DEEP – Microplastic Challenge was organised in Helsinki, Finland at the turn of November and December. The weekend culminated in the finale 1.12, when teams pitched their ideas for preventing microplastics from entering the Baltic Sea.
DEEP presented a challenge to the participants: to develop innovations to protect the Baltic sea from microplastic pollution. The intensive weekend long hackathon was organised by FanpLESStic-sea project, Natural Research Institute Finland (Luke), and Helsinki Think Company. The solutions created by the participants were presented to the expert jury: leading researcher Outi Setälä (SYKE), research professor Hannu Ilvesniemi (Luke) and Head of Startups Jarkko Nissinen (Startuplifters, Helsinki Think Company alumni).
Save the date! DEEP – Microplastic Challenge 29.11.-1.12.2019
Plastic waste, including microplastics, in oceans is one of the biggest environmental challenges we are currently facing. Microplastics are formed by wear of products, e.g. car tyres and textiles, and by fragmentation from larger plastic objects in the environment. They are also intentionally used in consumer products and industrial chemicals. New solutions are needed to protect our environment and to keep our water clean.
To prevent microplastics from ending up in the Baltic sea, FanpLESStic-sea project together with Helsinki Think Company and Natural Resources lnstitute Finland (Luke) are introducing DEEP – Microplastic Challenge 29.11.-1.12.2019 at Terkko Health Hub in Helsinki. DEEP is a hackathon that is focused on developing innovative solutions to prevent marine littering.
FanPLesstic-sea team meeting in Finland
The Fanplesstic-sea project team met for the second time in the end of September. Main issues for the meeting was to discuss the progress and activities for the next project implementation period.
An excellent walk-through by the team from Aalborg University gave new clarifications on how to conduct the samples on microplastics, necessary preparation work and important things to consider before and when taking samples. The Norwegian partner, SALT was the partner that conducted the first samples (except from Aalborg University) in the project and they shared their lessons learned from the samples taken in Norway in beginning of July. Further the meeting focused on the first draft of the report covering the existing research on microplastics presented by HELCOM where more information will be incorporated before the final version of the report will be published. Various capacity building and awareness raising initiatives were presented and shared among partners, there among the waste-collecting-day arranged by the Russian partner, ECAT and their participation in Russian TV channel to highlight the need to understand and be aware of microplastics and how the general public can contribute to decreasing the levels of microplastics and plastics in the environment.
The meeting was coordinated by LUKE, Natural Resources Institute Finland and was held in the university area in Espoom outside Helsinki. Part of the meeting was also a networking evening with various Finnish stakeholders involved in microplastics with aim to share ideas and to support a better research and awareness on microplastics.
All partners attended the meeting and the dates for the next project meeting is not yet confirmed.