The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020

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Building Resilience into Fractured Systems: Recycling, Agriculture, and Community Reactions


Sarah Kollar
Ocean Conservancy, Outreach Manager, International Coastal Cleanup, Trash Free Seas Program

Sarah Kollar serves as the Outreach Manager for the International Coastal Cleanup under Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Program®. She enjoys working with a fantastic network of beach and waterway cleanup organizers worldwide, along with passionate educators and individuals who take action on the issue in their own communities. She manages the creation and distribution of education and outreach materials for action-based solutions and maintains Ocean Conservancy’s online ocean trash database. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has been with Ocean Conservancy for seven years. She’s had the pleasure of representing the Trash Free Seas Program® at a number of local, state and national marine debris meetings and conferences.

Lucas Mariacher
City of Phoenix, Operations Manager

Lucas currently serves as a Solid Waste Operations Manager with the city Phoenix Public Works Department. In 2018, Lucas was selected as one of Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award recipients, which is a program that recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling and organics have made a significant contribution to the industry.

Lucas has a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Dr. Ming-Chih Hung
Northwest Missouri State University, Professor of Geography/GIScience

Dr. Ming-Chih Hung earned his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University focusing on DEM applications, his MS from the University of Utah focusing on the V-I-S Model and soft classification of TM images, and his Ph.D. also from the University of Utah focusing on remote sensing and GIS on urban areas.  His research emphasizes the use of GIScience on urban areas.  In addition to urban areas, he is also interested in precision agriculture and environmental issues.  At Northwest Missouri State University, he teaches courses on remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and cartography.  

The systems that connect society and our natural environment pose challenges that technology may help us to solve.  Recycling is a billion dollar industry that provides millions of jobs to American workers, yet there is great untapped potential for connecting companies and manufacturers that need access to raw and recycled materials. Farmers and ranchers are part of a vital infrastructure that powers America, but are often at the mercy of environmental and economic conditions out of their control. Connecting people to data and information is key to solving both of these challenges.  Join this session to hear about new products built through TOP sprints by SAP, Eco Bloc, Mapbox, Newlight Technologies, and more companies and university teams.

On the Ground Community Reactions: Lightning Round Discussion

Following these demos, join our community experts from conservation and advocacy groups, city government, universities, policy centers and more to discuss how we can translate these incredible tools to reach those that need them the most. In this lightning round, co-creators of the products will reflect on how they can be deployed in their communities, the potential impact and benefit to targeted end users, and next steps ahead. Featuring speakers from The Ocean Conservancy, City of Phoenix, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Universities and more.