Team Plastic-Blocks from Heritage Christian College(HCC), Ghana was among the top 10 finalists in the 2019 edition of the Global Social Innovation Challenge held at the University of San Diego, USA. The 3 students from HCC pitched via video conference on a business idea of using plastic materials to make pavement blocks(walkway slabs).
The 2019 edition saw 42 teams from 25 universities from 12 countries on 6 continents. The 2018 edition was won by Team Charcoal of Heritage Christian College, Ghana that produced charcoal from human excreta with a Grand Prize of $15,000 and Audience Choice Award of $1,500.
Canada’s Hoola One Team from the Universite de Sherbrooke won the 2019 contest by sweeping away the Grand Prize of $22,000. Hoola One developed a machine to clean microplastics from beaches. The idea is to limit the consumption of micro plastics by aquatic animals which causes plastics to enter into the food chain and poison it.
The 12 Sherbrooke Mechanical Engineering students developed the vacuum cleaner for beaches as part of their major design project in the university.Video on Hoola One Machine: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2019/04/25/video-hoola-one-microplastic-removal-machine-arrives-on-hawaii/
This year, the plastic waste menace featured prominently as 5 of the top 10 finalists focused on various solutions to deal with plastic waste.
The Global Social Innovation Challenge is a world-wide student innovation contest hosted by the University of San Diego, USA.
The three students who formed Team Plastic-Blocks are: Casmier Avadu, Anthony Cobbina Pendoxa and Benjamin Appiah Bright