As for the initial India competition, 165 teams registered and 16 of those qualified for final judging. After a five-month process, that was whittled down to six finalist teams, who presented via YouTube to a panel of environmental sustainability experts this past March 30.
The judges awarded the grand prize to a four-student team called Nature Nurturers, from the Mumbai-based SIES Graduate School of Technology. That team opted to focus on a Chennai-India-based waste management company called Kabadiwalla Connect, which provides decentralized waste collection and processing solutions for cities. Kabadiwalla Connect, working within a city's existing waste infrastructure, uses technology to partner with informal waste pickers, to collect and process postconsumer waste in a more efficient, cost-effective and carbon-reducing manner.
Kabadiwalla Connect currently is active in Indonesia, the Ivory Coast, and in five cities across India, with commercial contracts from major brands such as Danone and Unilever related to plastics collection, recycling and informal integration.
The judges awarded second place to a team that showcased a model incorporating plastics waste in the sub-base and base layers of roads, and third place to a student team that highlighted a waste-to-fuel company that collects plastics from households and offers a technology process that converts the waste into oil and fuel. The winning team won $1,000, with the runners-up earning $750 and $450, respectively.
To provide an additional benefit of exposure to both the selected projects and the students of the winning teams, those members do a series of interviews of the leaders of these organizations, called CAPP Conversations.
Winning projects will also have future opportunities to enter a CAPP Accelerator program – to replicate/scale these projects by other stakeholders around the world.