The finals of the 6th China International College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition was held on November 18th at South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. The team from University of Oxford outperformed numerous competitors with their cutting-edge technology and won the Golden Prize in the competition.
The Circular Economy of Plastics project from the University of Oxford focuses on using microwave technology to convert plastic waste into usable plastic through a self-designed catalyst. And this project aims on raising the recycling rate of plastics and reducing the plastic pollution, thus contributing to the mitigation of climate change. Moreover, the project is equipped with a relatively mature technology，competitive price and a broad global market in the future. In the Q&A session, the judges asked questions about the future price range of the product, possible sources of finding cheap plastics, and estimations about the future market competition. The project leader answered the questions systematically and received recognitions from the judges.
This year’s competition, launched in June 2020, has attracted 6.31 million entrants from China and abroad. There are 1.47 million projects developed by teams from 4,186 universities and colleges in 117 countries and regions. Students from nearly half of the world's top 100 universities such as University of Oxford, Harvard University, Munich University of Technology, Moscow Baumann State Technical University, etc., signed up for this competition.
Some teams were not able to attend the finals on-site due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To solve this problem, the committee of the competition decided to introduce a new mode of competing. With the aid of internet, the finals proceeded in both on-site and online venues, enabling students from across the globe to compete and connect in the same arena, and thus presented a grand gathering of entrepreneurship and innovation for youth worldwide.