Introducing the Semi-Finalists!

We celebrate the diversity of the Plastic Data Challenge applicants, both geographically and conceptually. Plastic waste is a global dilemma and it is uplifting to see such a robust group of innovative minds committed to tackling plastic pollution through data science!

The Plastics Data Challenge Cohort


CityCollection aspires to proactively strengthen community engagement in safeguarding the environment by introducing a scalable data-driven tech ecosystem that incentivises and gamifies responsible plastic waste management.

We leverage data to integrate the entire waste management value chain to drive efficiency across the industry, all the while working towards a more sustainable and accessible future through technology.


At Clearbot, our vision is to empower local governments and communities with cutting-edge technology in order to keep plastic waste out of our waterways.

Clearbot is a swarm of trash collecting robots that use AI-Vision to detect and collect trash from bodies of water. Clearbot is 15x cheaper, has 5x more reach and removes 2x more trash daily to current methods.


The recovery of post-consumer waste in the developing world is driven by the informal waste ecosystem.

Currently, municipalities, multi-national brands and waste management companies struggle to integrate these stakeholders into the formal waste management system.

Kabadiwalla Connect helps leverage a city’s existing informal waste infrastructure in the collection, processing and management of municipal waste-streams.


LUMA System has developed an Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning algorithm that combines with drone imagery to understand the flow of plastic waste.

Using big data, our innovation establishes a digital map that interacts with IOT from GPS data sensors to enhance the collection of plastic waste in communities and cities across the region.


PlastX bridges the gap between business and informal workers, completing the PCR-plastics supply-chain in Asia. We developed a demand-driven application that takes the market to the recyclable plastic and the people who will collect it.

PlastX connects Brand PCR-plastic needs directly with informal waste economy to create quality, demand-driven supply that is reliable, ethical, traceable and sustainable.


Siklus delivers consumer products via refill tricycles to low-income communities with the objective to minimize packaging and plastic waste.

Our mission is to reduce plastic waste and make everyday necessities more affordable to low-income customers. We use an app to collect data on plastic waste leakage, optimize our supply chain and guide our expansion to maximize impact and aim to be the new way to Warung: mobile, sustainable and data-driven.


Businesses want to reduce their single-use plastic footprint but are at a loss on how to do it. There is no data, no footprinting and ROI calculators, no marketplace for solutions – and no standards or certifications.

SUPER™ is a nonprofit enabling businesses to eliminate single-use plastics through footprinting technology and a tiered certification program. We also curate and certify solutions and alternatives to single-use plastics -and match these with businesses needing their solutions.


At Sweep Smart, we are developing a Smart Waste Management Application to track waste and financial flows during waste collection and handling, creating insight into waste generation and operational KPIs, to manage waste operations and design better waste systems across South and Southeast Asia.


Trash Lucky is a “Trash-to-Raffle” platform that incentivizes recycling and tracks the flow of post-consumer materials across consumers, waste pickers, and recycling shops.

We incentivize people to recycle by allowing them to exchange recyclables with our raffle tickets for winning 1,000,000 THB ($31k) prize. Our data will improve visibility of the plastic waste value chain to stop plastic from entering the environment.


At Topolytics, we aspire to shift the global economy from a linear to a circular model by using data and geospatial analytics to make the world’s waste visible, verifiable and valuable.

By analysing waste flows at scale, we will generate greater visibility over the global waste system, build confidence and verifiability in the data, and unlock the environmental, social and economic value from a significant shift in the way plastic is handled and processed.

About the Challenge

This challenge invited innovators worldwide (including academic institutions, startups, companies, and data scientists) to submit their innovative data-driven solutions that advance plastic waste management and the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia.

Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate in an Online Innovation Summit this May followed by a six-week pilot readiness program with leading experts. Semifinalists will also be granted mentorship and technical support customised to their needs, in addition to the opportunity to be awarded $10,000 USD to pilot their innovation in the region!

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