CHALLENGES

LAUNCH Nordic Challenge 2014 seeks innovations that will transform the system of textiles, fabrics and fibers to one that has a minimal environmental impact and/or drives social equality.

Specifically, LAUNCH Nordic 2014 is focusing on innovations within the areas of

  1. Closed Loop Solutions & Design for Disassembly

  2. Cleaner manufacturing & Green Chemistry

  3. Sustainable Investments & Procurement

  4. End-user Engagement

We are interested in innovations with the potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

Submit your innovation here.  Deadline for submission is 1 June 2014.

At LAUNCH we see a future where the making of things has a positive impact on human prosperity and planetary sustainability.

Summary

Founding partners NASA, NIKE, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State formed LAUNCH in an effort to bring collective genius, unprecedented networks, and new resources to overcome some of humanity’s toughest sustainability challenges. 

With this LAUNCH System Challenge 2013, LAUNCH seeks innovations that will transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.

We are interested in innovations with potential to scale in 2 years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

Specifically, LAUNCH 2013 seeks innovations in: 

The LAUNCH: Beyond Waste program cycle was focused on waste, and nine finalists were chosen for their groundbreaking technologies and programs that address a broad range of waste issues, including waste-to-energy, ‘eWaste’, ‘upcycling’ and recycling, agricultural waste and conservation, medical waste, sustainable chemicals and materials, and improved sanitation.

During the three day Forum at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA from July 20-22, LAUNCH innovators discussed their most pressing business and program issues with LAUNCH Council members, who represented the business, waste management, investment, international development, policy, engineering, science, communications and sustainability sectors. The sessions were designed to identify key challenges and opportunities for the entrepreneurs' innovations in an effort to more rapidly accelerate their solutions toward even greater real world impact.

In light of increasing global demands, more efficient use of staple resources and the creation of complementary options are vital to our ability to provide a better quality of life for all the world’s citizens. The planet is reaching a critical juncture that requires leadership and a coordinated response. Essential resources, including water, health and energy, must be efficiently utilized and innovatively enhanced to meet our needs and ensure a sustainable future.

LAUNCH successfully executed two challenges focused on water and health. The next global challenge focused on energy. LAUNCH and its partners believe that sustaining quality of life requires transformative advances in energy science and technology, along with new models, programs and behaviors. The LAUNCH: Energy Forum, which brought together innovators and council members, took place at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 11-13, 2011.

Sustaining quality of life on Earth and in space requires transformative advances in science and technology, along with new models, policies and behaviors that will guide human development. The search for innovative technology solutions to ensure healthy astronauts orbiting the planet mirrors healthcare challenges faced by providers throughout the world. The same requirements for simple, rugged, ultra portable, low power devices to provide remote diagnostic capability serves dual needs for humans living within the extreme environments on and off the planet. Targeting preventative health measures within the first twenty years of life offers a unique opportunity to change the human condition for this and future generations.

LAUNCH hosted LAUNCH: Health, a global forum focusing on health issues, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida from Oct. 30-31, 2010.   LAUNCH selected ten innovations that are preventive with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and health care. Specifically, the LAUNCH Challenge Statement focused on innovations providing and improving:

The inaugural LAUNCH: Water was held at NASA Kennedy Space Center.  There the selected 10 Water Innovators presented their innovations which included transformative ideas, technology and research which addressed water sustainability challenges in areas that included water efficient vertical farming systems, low cost bacterial water testing, water contaminant floating sensor network, carbon credit financed water purification system, electro-chemical arsenic removal system and evaporation-based underground irrigation technology among others.

LAUNCH: WATER CHALLENGE STATEMENT

The Earth, with its diverse and abundant life forms, including over 6 billion humans, is facing a serious water crisis.