The World Food Programme and Singularity University have launched the Global Impact Challenge, an open call for bold ideas to ensure sustainable access to local and nutritious food in emergencies.
Applicants are being asked to design innovative solutions that harness “exponential” technologies – those that double in power but halve their costs from one year to the next.
The solutions should be able to be rapidly deployed after the onset of a crisis, and secure a sustainable source of nutritious food as quickly as possible. In this way, they could help vulnerable families support their own households and reduce their dependence on external assistance. Entries can range from concepts to already implemented innovations.
The challenge is open to everybody, everywhere: entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, students and passionate members of the public. Shortlisted winners will be invited to a boot camp at the WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich to help flesh out their ideas with WFP staff and innovators. Following the boot camp, one team will be chosen to attend an all-expenses-paid nine-week-long Global Solutions Program, hosted at Singularity University’s campus at NASA Research Park in California.
The Global Impact Challenge is open until 10 March 2017.