JUNE 11, 2016

Welcome to Open Source Circular Economy Days Vancouver!


A Circular Economy is one that works without waste, saves resources and is in sync with nature. Rather than seeing emissions, byproducts, or damaged and unwanted goods as ‘waste’, in the circular economy they become raw material and nutrients for a new production cycle.

On June 11, we held the first Open Source Circular Economy Days in the Greater Vancouver Area as a partner event of Startup City: Impact! Check out this video to see what we did. We also wrote a summary report with event highlights.

The Event

Here was our schedule for the hackathon on June 11.

9am-9:30am: Opening activity

9:30am-10:45am: Mentor and challenge team introductions

10:45am-2pm: Start hacking! (working lunch)

2pm-2:30pm: Feedback with other groups

2:30pm-3pm: Incorporate feedback

3pm-4pm: Team presentations and feedback from judges

4pm-5pm: Closing and next steps

2016 Circular Economy Challenges

The Mesh Exchange: A marketplace platform to help match surplus commercial food with those who need it

Heilu: Increasing people’s willingness to eat nutritious food from insects

Pathways to the Circular Economy: Workshopping ways to use recovered lumber for trail making

Single-Use Compostable Products Need Clean Compost: Breaking down barriers to using compostable containers by educating the public to keep non-compostables out of the compost

Eliminating Single-Use Products: Identifying where and how to effectively remove barriers to eliminating single-use products

Zero Waste Market: Ways to design an efficient store, from bulk bins to check out processes

Waste Ownership in Shared Spaces: Changing the existing waste system to encourage individuals to take ownership of the waste they produce

Designing The Circular Economy Multi-stakeholder Game: Creating a face to face game to become more aware of dynamics between stakeholders in creating a circular economy.

Closed-Loop Farming:  Achieving food security while reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint through a closed-loop agricultural model where waste and byproducts (outputs) are reintroduced into the food system as feed, nutrients, and energy (inputs).

Open Source Plastic Recycling Machines: To build and use the plastic recycling machines created as part of Precious Plastic. The first machine to try and build is the shredder.

Bicycle Trailerism: Using an open source approach to building bike trailers with reused/recycled materials and using them in the community.

Wearable Technology: Could wearable technology help support the Circular Economy by carrying information on ‘what the fabrics are made from’, ‘how to dismantle the garment’ or ‘where to send it for recycling’?

Deconstruction Hub: How to build a business case for a centralized place to receive, sort, aggregate, re-sell and re-distribute construction materials.

To see what work has been done at the hackathon, check out the OSCEdays forum.

How else can I get involved?


If you missed OSCEdays and would like to get involved in the open source circular economy movement in Vancouver, please contact Belinda at info@goal12.org. We are planning more events between this year and next to keep the momentum going!



OSCEdays Vancouver would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers. This event is a passion project, powered 100% by volunteer efforts. We would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters that have helped make OSCEdays a reality. We acknowledge that OSCEdays Vancouver was held on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


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