Vancouver: Open Source Circular Economy days

This event aims to move towards a sustainable economy by engaging our community in real hands-on action and transparent, open source methods. We are collaborating as part of a global effort to exchange ideas and solutions – prototyping systems, products and designs for an Open Source Circular Economy.

Join us if you are interested in discussion and collaboration to achieve an Open Source Circular Economy, you’re ready to take a hands-on approach to creating and sharing practical solutions, and you want to be part of a lasting, evolving and enabling Open Source Circular Economy community in the Greater Vancouver Area.

To get an idea of what this event could look like in Vancouver, check out the web page for Berlin and the global OSCEdays website.

The Event

Here is our preliminary schedule for the hackathon on June 11.

9am-9:30am: Opening activity

9:30am-10:30am: Mentor and challenge team introductions

10:30am-2pm: Start hacking! (working lunch)

2pm-2:30pm: Feedback with other groups

2:30pm-3pm: Incorporate feedback

3pm-4pm: Team presentations

4pm-5pm: Closing and networking

Invitation for Challenges

Do you have a circular economy challenge? Would you like to use an open source approach to work on this challenge?

We are looking for interesting ideas, projects, organizations and people active in the field of sustainability, circular economy, open source methods or environmental protection that want to work with us within an open collaborative environment.

If you have a question, activity, idea, or project that you’d like to work on during OSCEdays Vancouver, please fill out this challenge brief and share or email it to Completed challenge briefs (in Google doc format) are being posted to this website as they come in. Participants can review and comment on the challenge briefs before the event to start generating ideas and form teams.

No food wasted: How can we maximize the amount of nutritious & edible food that is recovered from grocery stores to businesses or community organizations that can use it?

Heilu: Nutritious food from insects

Pathways to the Circular Economy: Using recovered lumber for trail making

Here are some questions with challenge briefs in progress:

  • How can we scale up zero waste retail?
  • Is it possible to recycle electronics and plastics using local markets?
  • What should Vancouver prioritize in their post-2020 zero waste strategy?
  • What’s the next big sharing economy opportunity in Vancouver?
  • What does a circular textile market look like in Vancouver?
  • How do we break down barriers of using compostable or reusable take-out containers?
  • How can we use an open source approach to education and capacity building for reuse and recycling?


More info here:

June 11, 2016 at 9am - 5pm
The HiVE Vancouver
128 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8
Google map and directions

Will you come?

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