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MIT Solve For Sustainable Food Systems Challenge 2020 and Win $10,000 Grant

Deadline submit solution : June 18, 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Solve Community is now opening opportunities for people around the world who want to be a part of the agent of change for the world. The MIT Solve community is looking for technology-based solutions for a low-carbon global food system that provides nutrition with minimal environmental impact. 

Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 20, 2020.

Challenge : 

How can we produce and consume low-carbon, resilient, and nutritious food?

To that end, Solve seeks solutions that:

  • Support small-scale producers with access to inputs, capital, and knowledge to improve yields while sustaining productivity of land and seas;
  • Scale practices and incentives for larger farmers and ranchers to decrease carbon emissions, land-use change, nutrient runoff, or water pollution;
  • Improve supply chain practices to reduce food loss, scale new business models for producer-market connections, and create low-carbon cold chains; and
  • Promote the shift towards low-impact, diverse, and nutritious diets, including low-carbon protein options.

There’s more than $1 million of funding available for the 2020 Solver Class.

If you are selected as a Solver, you’ll receive a $10,000 grant from Solve, as well as access to significant additional prize funding. 

  • Innovation for Women Prize
  • The AI for Humanity Prize
  • The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion

Those that are ultimately selected as a Solver will:

  • Join a supportive community of peers, funders, and experts to help advance their innovative work through Solve’s nine-month program;
  • Receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve and MIT networks;
  • Attend Solve at MIT, our annual flagship event in May; and
  • Receive access to more than $1 million in prize funding for the 2020 Challenges.

Eligibility

  • Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve Challenges.
  • You can be an individual, a team, or an organization. 
  • You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community.

Criteria

Judges will score solutions along the following criteria:

  • Alignment: The solution uses technology to address one of Solve Global Challenges.
  • Potential for Impact: The planned solution implementation has the potential to impact lives.
  • Feasibility: Solution implementation is feasible, and the team has a plan for financial sustainability.
  • Innovative Approach: The solution includes a new technology, a new application of technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the Challenge.
  • Scalability*: The solution can be scaled to affect the lives of more people.
  • Partnership Potential*:The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the broad range of resources that the Solve community is positioned to provide.

If you interested in this program, you may apply your application online at https://solve.mit.edu/solution?id=91

For more information visit the official website of MIT Solver at https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/sustainable-food-systems

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