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Global Challenge 2018/19

Help solve one of the biggest threats to our oceans of all time


Competition closed for entries, watch this space for the announcement of our finalists!


Bright ideas for real world problems

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The Global Challenge is an exciting competition for teams of young innovators aged 18-35.

Use your engineering, technical and commercial skills to develop an innovative solution to a real world problem - the increasing plastic waste in our oceans!

You can decide which of the two challenges you would like to enter.

Ocean plastic infographic   Infographic 4  

 Find out more about how you can take part >


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The world has a plastic pollution problem and it's snowballing - but so is public awareness and action.

The Royal Statistical Society’s statistic of 2018 was that a staggering 90.5% of plastic has never been recycled!  Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world's ocean from coastal regions. 

We have collected a number of videos and articles that highlight the scale of the problem.

Curious about your plastic footprint?

Use the Greenpeace app to calculate your footprint.


Plastic ocean - a video from the UN

The challenges

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Greenseas Trust logo

To create a remotely controlled all-terrain machine that is capable of moving up and down the beach for a reasonable amount of time, picking up cigarette butts from the surface of the sand.

GreenSeas challenge

Greenpeace UK logo

Making use of new technologies and approaches, how can you come up with reusable packaging designs or new approaches to enable supermarkets to dramatically reduce the need for packaging in the first place?

Greenpeace challenge


Can you spot the hidden plastic?

Can you guess which of these items secretly contain plastic? Try the Friends of the Earth quiz....


Our partners

Our partners

For the Global Challenge 2018/19 we have partnered with two amazing charities, Greenpeace and GreenSeas Trust.

Find out more  >


Who is eligible to take part?

At least one of your team members needs to be an IET member.

For more information on becoming a member and finding the right membership for you visit our webpage.


Contact us

Email: globalchallenge@theiet.org