Student Team Competition




Register (from 21 February – 15 June, 2022) final extension

Case Study due 30 June, 2022 final extension

Write Case Study based on one of two themes

Prize Money: Win Prestige & Awards: Total over $16,000 USD

Co-Organized by City University of Hong Kong, Ocean Recovery Alliance,

and the Commitments Accelerator for Plastic Pollution (CAPP)

Collaborative Partner:

Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Hong Kong)

Sponsored by:

The Pictet Group Foundation

Every team member must be enrolled in a university or graduate school program within East Asia; and select a project or program within Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau SAR, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

Student Teams will select from one of two Case Study themes:

An existing proven project/ program that reduces plastic waste near a waterway


East Asia has many cities, towns and villages near waterways (rivers, lakes, and the ocean). Much money and effort has gone into projects and programs that stop plastic waste from entering these waterways. Here’s your shot at finding an organization that’s doing a great job. Learn More

An existing, proven project or program that reduces or eliminates plastic pollution that can be cost-effectively replicated and scaled


Our thesis is simple: Many organizations are doing great work in East Asia, many of them in local “obscurity.” In other words, their laudable, praiseworthy and potentially scalable projects and programs do not travel, so to speak, beyond local or even regional participants, receive much press coverage, and rarely are shared from one country to another. Your team should ‘make the case” that this project or program deserves greater attention, and that it should be replicated throughout East Asia in similar cities, towns and villages. Learn More

Learn more about the Plastic Atlas Asia Insight Prize award

$1,000 Prize: 30 May*

All student teams who submit Case Studies are eligible to win the Plastic Atlas Asia Insights Prize award. Your entry is scored and counts towards each team’s final score to determine the teams that move forward to the finals. Learn More

*Note: Teams that submit by 30 May are eligible for this prize. All teams must submit entry by 30 June as their “Insights” score will be added to the Case Study score to determine finalists.

Announcing the USD $1,000 Community Engagement Prize Award (new as of May 1). Due 15 June.

All student teams who submit Case Studies are eligible to win the Community Engagement Prize Award. This is optional. Learn More

The Timeline

Registration opens :

21 February 2022

“CAPP Conversation ” Webcast

25 March 2022 (view)

Register Student Team :

By 15 June 2022

Specify Your Project/Program

By 30 June 2022

Submit Plastic Atlas Asia Insights

By 30 June 2022*

Submit Community Engagement Prize Award (optional)

By 15 June 2022

Submit Case Study:

By 30 June 2022

Shortlisted Finalists Notified

By 22 July 2022

Presentations, Panel and Award Ceremony: TBA


Prize Awards

OVER $16,000 USD

Overall First Place Award

+ $2,500 USD

(one of the 2 Theme Winners. In addition to 1st Place Theme Award: In total $6,500)

For Each Theme:

1st Place: $4,000 USD

2nd Place: $1,500 USD

3rd Place: $500 USD


The Plastic Atlas Asia Insights

Prize Award

$1,000 USD*

The Student Team with the highest score for the

Plastic Atlas Asia Insights Prize award

Due 30 May, 2022*


Community Engagement Prize Award

$1,000 USD

*Note: Teams that submit by 30 May are eligible for the Plastic Atlas Asia Insights Prize. All teams must submit this entry by 30 June as their “Insights” score will be added to the Case Study score to determine finalists.


This event was recorded and is now available for viewing

Read Article by Moderator about panel topic:

A New Way to Look at Solving the Asia Plastic Crisit: Keep it Simple Local

This panel is sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Pictet Group Foundation

Brought to you by the following organizations:

Commitments Accelerator for Plastic Pollution

CAPP is a new non-profit organization, birthed in 2019 and operated through Ocean Recovery Alliance, one of the premier NGOs fighting to reduce and end plastic pollution from entering the ocean. CAPP’s mission is to take proven, successful projects and programs that prevent or reduce plastic pollution, identified through our “Make the Case” competitions, and then provide the infrastructure to empower the world’s stakeholders to adapt, replicate and scale these proven solutions in many other places. 

City University of Hong Kong

Located in the heart of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has a well-earned reputation as an innovative hub for research and professional education and for addressing global issues and empowering positive change. CityU is ranked #53 on the QS World University Rankings 2022, #4 in the 2021 “Top 50 under 50” and

#89 in the Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

Ocean Recovery Alliance

The mission of Ocean Recovery Alliance is to reduce plastic pollution on land and water by creating strategic solutions for governments, industry and communities which lead to long-term, hands-on engaging business practices. Our mission is achieved through purposefully designed programs to educate, build awareness and provide solutions which inspire positive societal change at the community, national and international levels. Its founder, Doug Woodring, recently was awarded the coveted Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy from Prince Albert of Monaco for his work in this space

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) is a non-profit organization and green think-tank. Hbs’ Hong Kong office hosts the Asia Global Dialogue Programme which seeks to promote engagement between Europe and Asia on developing and transformative trends in Asia.

In 2021, hbs HK together with #BreakFreeFromPlastic and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) published the Plastic Atlas Asia to highlight the large and rapidly growing role of Asian economies as plastic producers, consumers, contributors to the plastic refuse deluge, and dumping ground for the world’s plastic waste.

Pictet Group Foundation

The Pictet Group Foundation is a grant making foundation established by the Managing Partners of Pictet to pursue our long-term tradition of social engagement and environmental commitment. Our vision is a more resilient and sustainable future for all. Our mission is philanthropy for effective social and environmental impact that will improve the lives of the most vulnerable and the well-being of future generations.

The Pictet Group is an investment-led service company, offering wealth management, asset management and related services. We do not engage in investment banking, nor do we extend commercial loans.

Headquartered in Geneva. 30 offices around the world, including registered banks in Hong Kong and Singapore


Phone #:+852-3442-6301

or [email protected] (preferred)


Ocean Recovery Alliance

20th Floor, Central Tower,

28 Queen’s Road Central,

Hong Kong



Pictet Group Foundation

Collaborating Partner:

The Heinrich Böll Foundation