4th Hackathon

7. 8. 9. jun ´21

4th Ocean Plastic Hackathon | Circular Economy to free the environment of foamed polystyrene

Organized by Design Factory Aveiro, this Hackathon happened virtually and presential in 4-hours work sessions. We had teams of students working in Portugal and Brazil! 

In this hackathon we thought of solutions based on two different themes related to the challenge. The first one was linked to the EPS/XPS traceability, an important issue to the recycling process that can facilitate the identification of chemical additions to the material.  The second one focus on create awareness to this problem, in a way that more people start to be involved in the circular path of EPS/XPS.

You can explore the two Miro boards, each one with the activities and processes from the corresponded theme:


Dr. Spyros Bofylatos holds a doctorate in theory of Design from the Department of Products and System Design Engineering of the University of the Aegean.

In addition he works with Common Seas to support the transition of the islands of the Aegean in becoming the first plastic-waste free Mediterranean island and a global leader in the fight against plastics in our seas. His research sprawls around design for sustainability, design for the circular economy, craft, service design and social innovation.

Electromechanical Industrial Engineer by profession with a Master degree in Business Administration, Ms. Elisa Setién is a Spanish national.

Since 2008 she has been Director General of several International Trade Associations in Brussels, representing the industry towards the EU institutions on key legislative dossiers such as Product Stewardship, Chemical, Plastics, Sustainability, Circular Economy, Non-toxic environment, Waste Management and Marine Litter. ​

Thomas has a wide educational background, including pre-MBA, civil engineering, terrestrial & marine biology.

In 2020, joined GRID-Arendal, a collaborating centre of UNEP. Thomas contributes to expert working groups on waste & marine litter and develops products to inform policy-makers. Marine litter, POPs, biomarkers, circular economy, waste management, waste trade, sanitation & wastewater are topics that Thomas specialises in.

4th hackathon gallery