Government Digital Service challenges tech experts to create new solution for tracing waste

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Winning companies will be awarded up to £50,000 to develop ideas

Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has announced a competition for tech specialists to tackle social challenges including tracing waste.

Using the £20m GovTech fund launched by the Prime Minister in November 2017, the competition will incentivise Britain’s tech firms to come up with new solutions to improve public services.

One of the challenges launched will be to improve tracking waste through the waste chain in a bid to boost productivity, reduce costs and protect human health and the environment.

Winning companies will be awarded up to £50,000 to develop ideas.

Companies with the best potential solutions will be awarded research and development contracts of up to £500,000 to build prototypes which will then be available to the public sector to purchase.

Dowden said: “The GovTech fund encourages firms to find innovative ways to fix the big social problems we all face - loneliness, plastic pollution and national security.”

The first of these competitions will open on Monday 14 May and run for six weeks, with the remaining competitions launched in the coming months.

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