2nd Hackathon

28. 29. 30. april ´21

2º Ocean Plastic Hackathon | Circular Economy to free the environment of foamed polystyrene

The 2nd Hackathon consisted of a 3 day event where the participants worked in shifts at the Design Factory Aveiro workshop and open space to find solutions to this problem. In this hackathon we were more focused on experimental work with the EPS/XPS to understand the behaviour of the material and to find ways to transform it.

This hackathon involved university students from different backgrounds: mechanical engineering, engineering and product design and environmental engineering. They worked mainly with the Precious Plastics set of equipment available at Design Factory Aveiro main workshop.

In addition, several mentors were invited for each session to help the participants explore and achieve relevant results from the EPS/XPS experiences.

You can explore the Miro board where the activities and processes are documented bellow:

Hackathon Mentors

Cândido Cruz is one of the founders of the project ReCUA.

With the aim of making the world more sustainable, the ReCUA - ReCycle, ReUse, ReAct project was created when its team came across the possibility of transforming plastic waste into new products. Its main objective is to involve and educate the community and to work towards the promotion of recycling, ecology and sustainability.

Isabel Bourbon is a product designer and one of the founders of Oiá Plast project.

Founded in 2019 in Cape Verde, Oiá Plast creates 100% recycled and 100% recyclable products through the transformation of plastic waste in raw material. It works towards having fewer plastics ending up in the environment, giving them a new, longer-lasting and valuable life opportunity. Their main goal is to transform this environmental invader into recycled objects while cleaning the beaches and rasing awareness of the community, now in Cabeceiras de Basto.

Emanuel Faúlha has developed his Master’s thesis with the main objective of finding a solution to reuse the waste of materials caused by the production of surfboards.

The motivation to develop this theme derived from the fact that he was born in a fishing environment in a city surrounded by the sea, having grown up with awareness of the issues of nature preservation, especially marine habitats.

Victor Neto is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a researcher at the Center for Mechanical Technology and Automation at University of Aveiro.

He's teaching and research area are around Advanced Production Technologies, especially involving Plastic Materials, Eco-design and Eco-efficiency in product development and production.

Ana Paula Gomes holds a PhD in Applied Environmental Sciences and a Degree in Environment Engineering by the University of Aveiro.

She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Environment and Planning at University of Aveiro, and has been teaching a wide range of courses in the field of environment engineering. Her research interest is in the field of waste management with an emphasis on collection and on organic recovery for the production of soil improvers and their application. Marine litter has become her most recent focus of study.