Join the Online Hacktathon: Mobile Mining Challenge

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How can used mobile phones be collected via reverse logistics, throughout the city of Amsterdam, to facilitate replacement, repair, remanufacturing and recycling?
Getting these small goldmines back into the value chain represents economic opportunities and huge environmental savings!

The Challenge
You know your old mobile phone? Yea, that’s right, the one you have lying around in a drawer somewhere. Well instead of forgetting about it, you could repair it or take it apart. You can make sure that battery that seems to always die at the worst time is replaced and that the old one is used to make new batteries. If your mobile phone just won’t even turn on we could take the valuable gold, copper, and silver inside of it and use it to make jewelry and automotive parts. If we could recycle just 1 ton of used mobile phones – a mere 6,000 – we can recover up to 340 grams of gold and prevent environmental damage caused by mining, that’s more than 56 times the amount of gold you would get if you mined 1 ton of gold ore.

Now, not everyone is a tech-expert, but how could we get mobile phones back into the hands of the people that are? How can logistics suppliers, repair shop owners, and even cities play their part in making this happen?

Circle Econmy is calling all systems thinkers, urbanists, innovative minds and all-around creative geniuses to discover unique ways of retaining the value of mobile phones.

Do you have a passion for engaging with difficult problems, like to think outside the box, and enjoy trying to connect the dots to unveil new opportunities?

Then join Circle Economy during this online hackathon, right from the comfort of your own home or with your own team, to create reverse logistics solutions for the circular economy!

Challenge begins Monday 27 February 2017 at 9:00 GMT+1
Challenge ends Monday 6 March 2017 at 17:00 GMT+1
Winners will be announced on Monday 13 March 2017

Feel free to join in on the discussion and submit your ideas at any time. Whether you’re flying solo or would like to set up a team through our platform or in person, all ideas, regardless of their size or complexity are welcome!

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1 Comment

Maaike Osieck's picture
Maaike Osieck

Great Challenge!