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My Music MasterPeace Competition 2014

Deadline: 28 February 2014

Link: Online

EligibilityThis contest is open to musicians from all over the world.

Deadline: 31 March 2014

Link: Online

EligibilityThis contest is open to students from all over the world.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA) 2014

Deadline: 30 April 2014

Link: Online

Eligibility

All companies – irrespective of the size of the company, the industry it is in or the country involved, can submit their Sustainable Entrepreneurship ideas, projects and business models for SEA 2014.

Young Package 2014

Deadline: 14 March 2014

Link: Online

Eligibility:

 Young Package is open to all designers born after January 1st 1983.

Awards:

University students and young designers of up to 30 years of age:

  • 1st prize 1,100 EUR
  • 2nd prize 370 EUR
  • 3rd prize 250 EUR

High-school students:

  • 1st prize 800 EUR
  • 2nd prize 180 EUR
  • 3rd prize 110 EUR

One of the winners will be chosen for three weeks remunerated internship in the innovation center of Model Obaly company. The rest of prize-winning will be awarded by another financial bonus or other prizes donated by the competition partners.

Rice Business Plan  Competition 2014

Deadline: 21 February 2014

Link: Online

Eligibility: 

The Rice Business Plan Competition is open to all currently enrolled university students from around the world who are seeking funding for their new venture.

Buckminster Fuller International Challenge 2014

Deadline: 11 April 2014

Link: Online

Eligibility

This prize program is a call to the world’s artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs committed to playing a trans-formative role in addressing the biggest issues we face today, attracting an international, interdisciplinary pool of participants tackling a vast array of pressing problems around the world.

India Africa Competitions - Business Venture/Photography/Poster Design

Deadline: 15 April 2014

Link: Online

Rules: Online

World Conference on Youth 2014

Deadline: 21 February 2014

Link: Online

Rules and Regulations: Online

Reaping Oil From Discarded Plastic By MICHAEL KANELLOS

Could oil companies soon be picking up your trash?

Agilyx, an Oregon-based start-up, says it has created a system that converts discarded plastic into crude oil. A prototype has been in development for 18 months, and the company says it hopes to start selling commercial versions in about nine months.

The system, an assembly of pipes and vessels that will cost around $5 million, essentially cooks plastics into a gas and then condenses the vapor into a soup of long-chain hydrocarbons that can subsequently be converted into diesel, jet fuel or other substances.

One factory module can turn 40,000 pounds of plastic into 130 barrels of oil a day, and larger modules are on the way, according to Bob Schwarz, Agilyx’s chief financial officer. Roughly a gallon of gas can be squeezed out of seven to 10 pounds of plastic, he said.

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