Winners of the Thought For Food Challenge announced!July 13th, 2011 by Antoine Verdon
In March 2011, we started collaborating with Syngenta to launch the Thought For Food Challenge, an initiative to help unlock the potential of energetic young people to solve the world’s most pressing food problems. Four months later three winning teams were selected to lead the dialogue on the global stage of the One Young World conference.
The “Thought for Food” (TFF) is a new initiative that challenges students from leading European universities to help tackle the world’s escalating food issues. Supported by Sandbox, ten student teams from across Europe have undertaken the challenge to help tackle the world’s greatest challenges by creating projects that help to restructure the way we think of food and its value.
Some of the ideas the teams generated included a smart phone app; bringing young children to the farm to increase understanding about food production; visiting schools to talk about the importance of healthy food choices; encouraging people to think about consuming alternative foods like insects; establishing leftover food sharing programs in university dormitories; and visiting local supermarkets with fact-filled ‘awareness bins’ to remind people of the problem of food waste.
The three winning teams from Imperial University, Reading University and Wageningnen University, comprising 13 students, will now prepare to attend One Young World, a global stage for tomorrow’s leaders, in Zurich, Switzerland, in September 2011 to kick-off a global dialogue on food security for the future. Watch their videos below.
For further questions, please contact Antoine Verdon (antoine.verdon[at]sandbox-network[dot]com, +41 78 646 38 33).