Engages Community Members and Builds the Blue Network
Net Hack Challenge
A program designed to identify solutions to the problem of waste fishing nets and ropes by developing new products from these “waste” materials. Most of these materials are a valuable resource and this program aims to identify potential economic opportunities for all coastal communities by utilizing this often overlooked but plentiful resource in Alaska. This program is based on Martin Charter’s previous Net Hack Challenges held in the United Kingdom and Iceland. The event is hosted over a weekend, with participants responding to a series of challenges submitted by external experts. Participants include recyclers, designers, artists, makers, students, academics, members of the business community, and engineers.
This program launched in Fall 2018 in Anchorage and Kodiak. A great success, the program anticipates expanding to other sites in the future.