SYSTEMS CHALLENGE STATEMENT
At LAUNCH we see a future where the making of things has a positive impact on human prosperity and planetary sustainability.
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: Fabric, 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 System: Fabric seeks innovations in:
- The materials of which fabrics are made with a focus on positive social and environmental impact:
- The “making” or manufacturing of fabrics utilizing low or positive environmental impact approaches, with a bias toward inclusive business models that positively develop human capital, respect rights and deliver shared value:
Please note that innovation submissions need only match one of the points of interest described above, although submissions that match multiple points are also welcome.
For more information on this challenge, download the LAUNCH SYSTEM: Fabric Challenge Statement (Full Version, PDF) or go to the challenge submission website. You do not have to be a US citizen to apply.
LAUNCH is hosting its first micro-challenge, directed at university students, to help us uncover game-changing innovations that can unlock the barriers to the system of materials and the ways in which they are made. Congratulations to CapX team from the Indian School of Business, the 2013 finalists for the Open Data Micro-Challenge.
CapX helps fabric manufacturers enhance their viability through collaboration. Fabric manufacturing units can trade their excess and insufficient production capacities through CapX’s online platform, thus overcoming the serious viability challenges arising from periodic fluctuations in product demand and labor supply.
Open Data Micro-Challenge
The absence of information and tools can slow down accurate and timely decision-making. It can also prevent the system from identifying better ways of operating. A lack of data increases risk. Access to data can unlock new opportunity. It can change the way things are made. It can change what materials things are made from. Both for the better. We believe new ways of capturing and using data can uncover opportunities and enable innovation within the materials supply chain. LAUNCH is looking to positively impact the materials supply chain by harnessing new, innovative solutions for:
- Capturing data in new and different ways
- Generating new data, ripe for analysis
- Analyzing data to deliver greater insight
Our goal is to increase appreciation for and understanding of data in the materials system. We are working to enable better decisions throughout the materials supply chain – raw materials suppliers, materials processors, scientists who imagine new materials, creators who design products with materials, consumers who buy and use products, and innovators who close the chain through recycling and reuse.