chronicle-poster-24IIT-KGP Alumni Startup Wins India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon

The KGP Chronicle (February 25, 2021)

EcoDabba, a startup by young alumni and students of IIT Kharagpur has been adjudged Indian Student Winner at the India Australia Circular Economy (I-ACE) Hackathon. The feat comes in the theme of creating opportunities for plastics waste reduction. EcoDabba presented a novel idea of storing food in bagasse (sugarcane waste) coated with an eco coating for increased longevity which is 100% biodegradable food storage packaging. The solution by Ecodabba quickly biodegrades replenishing the soil and creating value for farmers.

The event was jointly conducted by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and the national science agency of Australia – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. The award ceremony of the event was graced (virtually) by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and CEO of Niti Aayog Amitabh Kant along with numerous Indian and Australian luminaries.

Almost 80 teams of students and small and medium businesses from India and Australia turned their collective minds to solving the world’s global challenges with a focus on stopping waste and creating sustainable business practices. Four student teams and four SME teams each from Australia and India were awarded across the four themes.

The concept of the I-ACE Hackathon originated last year at a virtual summit where the Prime Ministers of both countries committed to working together on circular economy innovation initiatives. (Read More)