17th – 18th July 2017
Rejkavik School of Visual Arts

Organisers and Supporters


#Net_Hack Challenge was organised by The Centre for Sustainable Design ® (CfSD) at University for the Creative Arts at Reykjavik School of Visual Arts on 18th July 2017. #Net_Hack Challenge was supported by Innovation Center Iceland, Reykjavik School of Visual Arts School of Visual Arts (RSVA) and Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI).  #Net_Hack_Challenge was part of the Circular Ocean Innovation Conference.

On the evening of 17th July 2017 the #Net-Hack_Challenge was introduced at Innovation Center Iceland, followed by networking. On 18th July 2018 an innovation workshop was organised at Reykjavik School of Visual Arts School of Visual Arts 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 gave their professional feedback.

#Net-Hack_Challenge is part of the Circular Ocean project which is funded by Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme (European Regional Development Fund) between 2015-2018. Circular Ocean is an award winning project aimed at identifying solutions to the problem of waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) through the development of new products from waste FNRs. The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) at UCA is a partner in Circular Ocean. CfSD is a world leading research and training centre established in 1995 focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability.

Click here for more information on the #Net-Hack_Challenge.


As indicated in the table below, 8 Challenges were put forward by a series of expert Challengers. 5 of the 8 Challenges were chosen by Design Teams and a series of Solutions were created and produced by the Innovation 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 Solutions to see all the Concepts and associated individual product ideas that have been open-sourced for co-design and co-development.

No: Challenges: Challengers: Solutions:
#1 Re-Use of Lobster Pots GGGI Lobster Garden
#2 Home Utility UCA *1
#3 Transportation ZWS *2
#4 Beach Community GGGI RubbFish
#5 Fishing Net Fragments GGGI Dream Catcher
#6 Household Product NTNU Dream Nest (Outdoor Chair & Outdoor Lamp)
#7 Conversation Starter CPD Ghost Harvest Festival
#8 Whale Watching WCA *3

Notes: *1, *2 & 3* Solutions not developed to Challenges


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 five Concepts with pictures of individual early stage prototypes added, with the names of Innovation Team members and a contact email for the Lead Innovator 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