26th – 27th October 2016
UCA Farnham

Organisers and Supporters


#Net_Hack Challenge was organised by The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) with Design Teams comprised of invited experts and postgraduate students from UCA’s School of Craft and Design on 26th-27th October 2016. #Net_Hack Challenge was supported by UCA, Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), MCB Seafoods, Rapanui, Fathoms Free and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

On the evening of 26th October (5.30 – 7.30) the #Net-Hack_Challenge was introduced, followed by presentations from CfSD and GGGI and concluded with networking. On day 2 on 27th October (11.00 – 7.30) an innovation workshop was organised by CfSD incorporating a series of creative, fun and innovative processes based on Professor Charter’s unique GreenThink process . Teams worked throughout the day to develop Solutions to a series of Challenges set by external experts. At the end of the day, groups presented their concepts to an expert judging panel who will gave their professional feedback.

#Net-Hack_Challenge is part of the Circular Ocean project. Circular Ocean is funded by Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme (European Regional Development Fund) and is being organised between 2015-2018.

Further details on the  #Net-Hack_Challenge organised in Farnham can be found at:





As indicated in the table below, 8 Challenges were put forward by a series of expert Challengers. 7 of the 8 Challenges were chosen by Design Teams and a series of Solutions were created and produced by the Design Teams. The Concepts were developed as a series of early stage prototypes and 6 have now been open-sourced for co-design and co-development with the global innovation and design community.

Below is the title of the Challenge, the name of the Challenge Provider and the title of the Solution that was produced. Click on each of the individual Solutions to go to the page to view a pictures of individual products. Progress through the rest of the site to see all the Concepts and associated individual product ideas that have been open-sourced for co-design and co-development.

No: Challenge: Challengers: Solution:
#1 Fishing Net Fragments GGGI Copenhagen Kitchen
#2 Accessory Rapanui Cushion
#3 Household Product NTNU Football Goals
#4 Beach Community GGGI Toys & Containers
#5 Re-Use of Lobster Pots GGGI Public Seating
#6 Bodysurfing Fathoms Free Universal Strap
#7 Home Utility UCA *1
#8 Beach Picker Fathoms Free *2

Notes: *1 Solution not developed & *2 Solution not progressed within the project


The Solutions have been open-sourced under the Creative Commons and licensed under the Creative Commons Attributable-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ .

The Solutions have been grouped under six Concepts with pictures of individual early stage prototypes added, with the names of Design Team members and a contact email for the lead designer(s) for further collaboration. Commercial solutions can be developed but there needs to be approval by the lead designer. The Concepts are available to any interested party under a Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-SA) that lets people use it and transform them. Innovators are encouraged to contact the lead designer by email to take forward concepts.

CC logos can be downloaded here