This Year’s LAUNCH 2020 Challenge: Materials

The Making of MakingNike’s video on the future of sustainability and making: Makers of the world unite.

LAUNCH is a global initiative to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society.  NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to form LAUNCH in early 2010 in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global challenges through a series of forums.

This year Nike brought together people from all over the world to tackle a new innovation challenge. The focus of 2013 event was to revolutionize sustainable materials and how they are made. Materials have such a significant impact on the planet that the challenge now is to transform the system of producing fabrics.

During the two-day LAUNCH 2020 Summit in Portland, Nike partnered with NASA, USAID and the US Department of State, and convened with a group of 150 individuals for collaboration and innovation. Amongst them was Fairware’s own Denise Taschereau, joining in on the collaboration and fun.

One of the highlights was the Nike Team’s Systems Innovation Experiment (SIX), which set up teams to make independent, collaborative and realistic system choices for the people and the planet. On day two, the cross sector conversations on barriers – the themes ran the gamut but boiled down to some of the basic: “fear”, “lack of transparency” and “silos”.

There was quite an eclectic mix of people at the Summit, from Ron Garan, NASA astronaut to Dilys Williams, London College of Fashion. We can’t wait to see what unfolds from such unlikely connections. It was an inspirational event and what an absolute honor to be a part of the process.

It’s exciting to know that 150 people ‘launched’ back into their own orbits to activate their networks for the next generation of game changing ideas. To learn more about LAUNCH 2020, watch the full launch challenge here.