Five finalist teams from four continents chosen for the international student design competition

The finalist teams, DeBruyn says, include participants from universities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America – from Canada to China and from Mozambique to the United Arab Emirates. The names of the teams and their various innovations are:

– AquaPro, a super efficient aquaponic system for growing fish, vegetables and duckweed.– Neocycle, a plan to recycle valuable rare earth elements from electronic waste.– ROBUST, a method for transforming banana fiber waste into textiles and paper bags.– SCUP Aquaculture, an ocean platform concept for the benefit of fish biodiversity and related industries.– Green Promoters, a team creating an organic pesticide fertilizer to replace chemicals.
The Wege Prize is a widely acclaimed and globally recognized competition serving as an agent of change for these disruptive concepts – and the high ambitions of students. It has attracted participants from top academic programs at leading universities around the world, from Ivy League schools in the United States to national universities of science and technology in India, Ghana, China, Japan and Chile. Guided by direct feedback from the competition’s panel of expert judges – comprising design, circular economy, education and sustainability specialists from Europe, South America and the United States – the Participating teams refine their solutions in three distinct phases as their scope and complexity increase. difficult. From this process, the five teams chosen this month have won the opportunity to compete for a total of US$65,000 in cash prizes, awarded each year to those whose ideas raise the most hope for implementation. work and success in the real world. This year’s five teams of promising future innovators and changemakers were selected from a field of 14 semi-finalists. The solutions created by the Wege Prize teams have continued to make an impact in the real world. Rutopia’s 2018 winner’s eco-friendly tourism concepts, covered by top Forbes editors, have won funding and support. Others, like 2020 Wege Award winner Hya Bioplastics and 2021 The Chilensis team, have moved on to prestigious business incubators that have further strengthened the foundations to implement their award-winning ideas. “With climate change and so many other pressing global issues coming to a head, the world needs people more than ever who can work across borders to solve problems,” adds KCAD’s DeBruyn. “Each Wege Prize team offers a thoughtful and creative approach to help transition our linear economy of take, make and dispose, to a circular economy that is restorative by design.” About the Wege Prize The Wege Prize was created in 2013 to solve complex multilevel problems and to encourage higher education students to take a diverse and collaborative approach in developing new tangible solutions to produce and consume essential goods in a sustainable way. which are applied and used after the end of the contest. . This year, a free livestream of the finalist teams, the 2022 Wege Prize Awards – Game-Changing Solutions to Wicked Problems – will take place on May 20, 2022, when the best groups will present and defend their bold ideas in front of expert judges and a global audience in line. Event details and registration are available at https://2022wegeprizeawards.eventbrite.com/?aff=announcement.