The GlassCircle Hackathon - Showcasing Innovations and Creativity for Repeated Use of Fibre Glass

31. May, 2023

The GlassCircle Hackathon that took place in May this year has ended successfully. This international event convened creative teams whose objective was to create new technological solutions in 48 hours for repeated use and recycling of fibre glass scrap or waste. Participants from Latvia, Denmark and Sweden took part in the event.

The hackathon is part of the GlassCircle project, which convenes industry experts, scientists and governmental bodies. It is devoted to knowledge exchange and discussions about potential solutions facilitating a faster transition from the linear economy to the circular economy in the fibre glass and composite material industry. AS VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA is honoured to take part in this initiative, which encourages the development of environmentally friendly practices and the use of sustainable materials. 

Waste reduction and repeated use is one of AS VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA’S most important environmental policy priorities. Therefore, the company is an active participant in projects and initiatives that seek new and innovative approaches in this field, including – GlassCircle. Already now, 85% of the production unit of non-woven material is waste from the production process, which is processed into a product demanded by the market, accordingly reducing the volume of waste buried in landfills. 

At the conclusion of the GlassCircle Hackathon, awards were presented to the winners. The Lulea University of Technology team, which worked on the subject of “Interior design or furniture elements with specific requirements”, received the EUR 500 winner’s prize from AS VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA. The Arhus University team, which studied the subject of “Housing for different IoT and Remote control toys” received a development prize worth EUR 250. The prizes were presented to the teams by AS VALMIERAS STIKLA ŠĶIEDRA’S Product Development Department Head Uldis Rekners and Product Development Engineer Mārtiņš Millers.

Photo: GlassCircle