In 2010, sportswear brand Nike along with NASA, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State formed the global initiative called LAUNCH in an effort to bring forth and support innovations that focus on sustainability challenges that the entire globe faces today.
In the recently held LAUNCH 2020 Summit, the LAUNCH members brought together 150 materials specialists, experts, designers, producers, entrepreneurs, and organizations from all over the world to collaborate and come up with innovative solutions to the sustainability of fabrics and materials.
According to the news report on the Nike website, sustainability of materials is one of the biggest challenges the world faces. It is estimated that by 2015 the world is expected to produce over 400 billion square meters of fabric per year.
It is no surprise then that during the summit, the LAUNCH group revealed their 2013 system challenge statement which is an open invitation to teams and individuals to submit solutions that would revolutionize how we create fabrics. Ten of the strongest innovations will be selected in August and the creators will undergo an intensive program that will give them access to resources that will help them work on putting their solutions to action.
Previous successful LAUNCH challenges include Carbon for Water which provided access to clean water to 4.5 million people in Kenya, Gram Power which gave people in India cheap renewable energy, and Bioneedle which is a biodegradable and implantable needle that delivers vaccines and dissolves in the body.
Watch this video of Launch 2020.
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