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Moving towards to a Circular Economy, adapting to Climate Change and using materials, water and energy more efficiently are all key challenges being faced by society. Business, entrepreneurs, designers and creatives need to come together to create, develop and commercialise more eco-innovative solutions to these challenges.

#GreenHack_Challenge is a unique two day open innovation process designed to develop new ideas for more eco-innovative products, services and new business models.

#GreenHack_Challenge is designed around a series of business-led Challenges aimed at developing more sustainable solutions.


A series of Challenges have been developed with a number of leading-edge organisations.

Teams will work intensively on Challenges on 5th March based on a creative process building on the strengths of the GreenThink & CircularJam programmes. Multi-disciplinary teams will develop and build concepts during the day utilising a range of creative, collaboration and research strategies. Teams will present final solutions in the form of prototypes, models, videos or business plans to an expert panel.


This FREE workshop has been designed to be a multi-disciplinary experience bringing together eco-innovators, designers and creatives. #GreenHack_Challenge is aimed at pre-start up eco-innovative businesses, SMEs and postgraduate creative students.

Funders & Partners

FUSION is a European project focused on supporting SMEs on eco-innovation working with partners in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and UK. FUSION partners are Enviu (NL), Voka (BE), CCI (FR), CD2E (FR), BSK (UK), Kent County Council (UK), University of Kent and WSX (UK).

The Design Special Interest Group - established by the Technology Strategy Board, the UKs innovation agency - encourages and supports the better and earlier use of design in UK technology innovation. We do this by bringing together the UK design and technology innovation communities to help catalyse new collaborations, projects and partnerships that create increased value through the strategic use of design in innovation.

Environmental Sustainable Knowledge Transfer Network aims to accelerate the UK's transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy by connecting businesses, universities, other research organisations and government agencies, and catalysing innovation across a wide range of environmental technologies.


4th March - Introduction

Registration & drinks
Welcome & Introduction
The Facilitators

Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sutainable Design ®, UK
Scott Keiller, Project Manager - FUSION, The Centre for Sutainable Design ®, UK
Rob Maslin, Director, We All Design, UK
Nigel Berman, CEO, Nigel's Eco Store
Dirk Bischof, Director, One Planet Ventures, UK
Ann Connor, Sustainability Manager, Unilever, UK
Rob Drake Knight, Director, Rapanui, UK
Julian Jaffe, Director, Computer Agents, UK
Kyle Wiens, CEO, Ifixit, US
Sushma Windsor, Director, Lettuce Flowers, UK
Team Building
Networking & drinks

5th March - Inspiration and Implementation

Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Introduction
The Facilitators
Brainstorming, Problem Exploration & Concept Development
Working Lunch, Research, Street Survey & Discussion
Idea Race & Selection
Final Concept Development
Group Presentations & Expert Feedback
Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
Networking & Drinks

Note: Precise timings and schedule may change

Fees & Registration

This event is FREE. Please download the Registration Form

Map & Directions

Please refer to the map at

Social networking

Use the social networking share buttons at the top to tell your colleagues and networks about the opportunity. If you're tweeting you may want to copy in the following: @mcharter1 @CfSD_UCA #GreenHack_Challenge

For more information please contact:

Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
University for the Creative Arts,
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892772