Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Does my idea fit within the Challenge topics?

A: As long as your innovative idea directly or indirectly addresses one of the five challenge topics, you should feel confident submitting it! The five topics are:

  • Reducing air emissions
  • Reducing and diverting food waste
  • Preventing and managing invasive species
  • Reducing and managing marine litter
  • Mitigating the impacts of ocean acidification

Q: How do I access the platform in my own language?

A: The Challenge website is available in English, French and Spanish. Simply go to your profile page and choose your language preference.

Q: Can teams of people enter the Challenge?

A: Yes. However, in the event that you win the Challenge, only one person can act as financial signing authority and only one person can travel to Prince Edward Island, Canada, for the Council session on June 28.

Q: I am concerned about intellectual property rights and patent rights over my idea – how can I protect myself?

A: During the idea phase, only a short summary of your idea is required. Then, during the Proposal Phase, the Challenge has been designed to protect any proprietary information. During this phase, team members will work together to develop full proposals by filling in sections of a proposal template. Once the proposal is complete, it will be submitted to the CEC as a PDF along with an executive summary. Only the executive summary will be shared publicly. If you have any doubts about the information you should or should not share on the platform, please contact the campaign moderators before posting that information.

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