Nike hosts LAUNCH 2020 Summit to collaborate across the system of materials.
LAUNCH members NIKE, Inc., NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State convened 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and NGOs this week to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges – the sustainability of materials and how they are made.
NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker kicked off the two-day LAUNCH 2020 Summit stressing the importance of innovation and collaboration.
“Innovation is most powerful when it’s activated by collaboration between unlikely partners, coupled with investment dollars, marketing know-how and determination,“ Parker said. “Now is the time for big, bold solutions. Incremental change won’t get us where we need to go fast enough or at a scale that makes a difference.”
Through a unique, multi-year incubation process, LAUNCH will uncover innovations in sustainable materials that can have a major impact on people and the planet.
The summit also unveiled the LAUNCH 2013 Challenge Statement, an open call for innovation to transform the system of producing fabrics. LAUNCH 2013 is open to individuals and teams. In August the 10 strongest innovations will be selected and participants will take part in an immersive program that provides access to capital, creativity and capacity.
Materials have a significant impact on the planet. It is estimated that around 150 billion garments were produced around the world in 2010, and by 2015, the global apparel industry is expected to produce more than 400 billion square meters of fabric every year – enough to cover the state of California.
Nike VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation, Hannah Jones said: “About 60 percent of the environmental footprint of a pair of Nike shoes is embedded in the materials used to make them. When you multiply that across our business, and across the industry, it’s clear that innovation in sustainable materials is a huge opportunity, not just for Nike, but for the world.”
Also speaking at the LAUNCH 2020 Summit was Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the Women’s Marathon in 1984, and Ron Garan, astronaut and LAUNCH innovator. They both shared their passion for the environment and their unique view on the need for collaboration to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
Three years ago LAUNCH selected and helped accelerate Garan’s innovation for clean water. Independent of his work with NASA, Garan developed a concept to deliver clean water, energy and sanitation to poor communities through the combination of sustainable development and carbon credits. As part of the LAUNCH process, Garan was exposed to experts with the investment dollars and business acumen to bring the innovation to life. The Carbon for Water project has now successfully distributed one million filters that provide clean water to 4.5 million people in Kenya.
Please register online to learn more about the LAUNCH Challenge for 2013 and to submit an application.
Founded in 2010 as a strategic collaboration between NASA, NIKE, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), LAUNCH identifies and supports visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs have the potential to create a better world. Through a series of meetings, events and an annual forum, LAUNCH has successfully introduced innovations that are solving urgent challenges facing our society.
Successful innovations from previous LAUNCH challenges include:
Carbon For Water: delivering the technology to provide access to clean water to 4.5 million people in Kenya.
Gram Power: providing thousands of people in India with affordable, renewable energy.
Bioneedle: a biodegradable, implantable needle that delivers vaccines and dissolves in the body, allowing for mass distribution and minimal waste.
From 1996-2018, Nike’s designs for the most iconic uniform in sport: the Brasil national team kit.
From 1996-2018, Nike’s designs for the most iconic unifor...
Star striker Robert Lewandowski leads a potent Polish side in this summer's tournament. The Polish Football Federation’s 2018 collection draws inspiration from its Eagle crest and the dynamism of its goal-scoring.
Star striker Robert Lewandowski leads a potent Polish sid...
The veteran guard shares how he’s refined his signature shoe to deliver on enabling what his game is all about: aggressive quickness, agile stop-and-go cuts and intelligent drives. The CP3.XI will be will be available in April on jordan.com and at select retail stores.
The veteran guard shares how he’s refined his signature s...
Debuted tonight by DeMar DeRozan.
The new silhouette combines flexibility and durability in a way training...
It releases March 10 exclusively on nike.com.kr and at the Jordan...
The Croatia Football Association’s traditional checkerboard design is an icon of contemporary football. For 2018, the perennial dark horse is given an oversized update.
The Croatia Football Association’s traditional checkerboa...
The Polish artist, renowned for his editorial and fashion illustration, brings fresh perspective to the league’s franchises. His recast designs appear on a selection of T-shirts launching March 19 exclusively through Nike Connected NBA jerseys.
The Polish artist, renowned for his editorial and fashion...
The 2018 Korea National Football Team kits will debut at the upcoming warm-up match on March 24.
The 2018 Korea National Football Team kits will debut at ...
The country’s energetic football culture, born on the streets and passed through generations of idols, inspired the 2018 Brasil National Team collection.
The country’s energetic football culture, born on the str...
The team will wear the new look through the next full cycle of international tournament qualification.
The team will wear the new look through the next full cyc...
The latest installment of Cristiano Ronaldo’s “Chapter” series highlights his captaincy of the Portugal National Team.
The latest installment of Cristiano Ronaldo’s “Chapter” s...
The Portugal home kit will be available March 23 on Nike.com, the away kit will be available April 26.
The Portugal home kit will be available March 23 on Nike....
Trevor Edwards, Nike Brand President, to retire from Nike.
Get a first look at the latest LeBron 15 PE, which is one of five styles that will be revealed throughout the season as part of Nike's LeBron Watch program that will be made available to Nike members for purchase at tonight's tipoff via the Nike SNKRS app.
Get a first look at the latest LeBron 15 PE, which is one...