Innovation challenge extends deadline

The Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge, presented by ChristchurchNZ, KiwiNet, AgResearch and the Canterbury Mayoral Fund, has pushed its close date for applications to 14 February to accommodate an overwhelming number of applicants.

The challenge aims to accelerate ideas for disruptive solutions to some of New Zealand’s most pressing issues and has a total prize pool of $130,000.

The organisers say:

We are challenging New Zealand innovators and change-makers to develop new, disruptive solutions that can be applied to the food, fibre and agritech sector to meet market demand by either:

  • Generating value-added, high-impact food, fibre and agriculture products; or
  • Assisting on-farm automation and decision making that mitigates environmental impacts; or reduces the cost of production; or captures value-added provenance and credence stories of our products

The solutions sought must have the potential for commercial success on a global scale while delivering positive environmental outcomes. They should be transformative and may combine different technologies such as AI, machine learning, future foods, big data, or biotechnology.

Entries could include ideas for new products, on-farm automation solutions or ways of reducing the cost of production.

Details can be found HERE.

The sponsors are ChristchurchNZ, KiwiNet, AgResearch, Sprout Agritech, Foodsouth, Canterbury Mayoral Forum, and New Zealand Natural Fibres.

Source:  Lincoln University

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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