ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Are you passionate about agriculture technology?
Do you have ideas that will enhance the food security of the UAE?
Apply now to enter the FoodTech Challenge.

The FoodTech Challenge

The FoodTech Challenge is a global competition that seeks innovative solutions to address food security.
The competition supports the UAE’s commitment to providing its population with sufficient, safe and nutritious food. The competition invites applicants from all backgrounds to join. University students and early-stage start-ups with prior experience in urban farming are especially encouraged to apply.

What does food security mean?

Food Security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, is “the condition in which all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.

What does Food Security mean?

Food Security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, is “the condition in which all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEA

To be part of the FoodTech Challenge, you will need to submit a detailed business case proposal, as well as a one-minute pitch video.

Click the button below to register on our Entries website and to read more about the competition rules.

October 2019 Newsletter

October 1, 2019

It has been an exciting first month for the FoodTech Challenge! We have been hard at work promoting the competition around the world to connect with bright minds like you to join the $1 million challenge in finding innovative solutions for a more foodsecure world. We launched the FoodTech Challenge in Dubai and attended the 46th Session on the Committee on World Food Security in Rome, Italy. During these events, our team connected with various leaders in agriculture, technology, education, and government to invite their students and start-ups to join the competition.

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Sheikh Mohammed launches $1m ‘Global Food Technology Challenge’

September 23, 2019

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday launched the Global Food Technology Challenge. The competition is the largest of its kind that seeks to develop innovative solutions for food production and management in the UAE. The $1 million prize money of the Challenge will be divided among four winners. A high-level jury consisting of international experts in technology, economy and sustainability will evaluate submissions and select the best projects in terms of efficiency, creativity, and project scalability. The winners will be announced in April 2020.

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Mohammed launches $1m Food Technology Challenge

September 23, 2019

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday launched the Global Food Technology Challenge. The competition is the largest of its kind that seeks to develop innovative solutions for food production and management in the UAE. The Challenge was launched in the presence of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The Global Food Technology Challenge aims to use advanced technologies and efficient tools and techniques to overcome the challenges of the agricultural sector and achieve sustainable food production in the UAE.

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Mohammed bin Rashid lancia la Global Food Technology Challenge

September 23, 2019

Sua Altezza lo sceicco Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Presidente, Primo Ministro e Sovrano di Dubai, ha lanciato oggi la Global Food Technology Challenge. La competizione è la più grande del suo genere che cerca di sviluppare soluzioni innovative per la produzione e la gestione di prodotti alimentari negli Emirati Arabi Uniti. La sfida è stata lanciata alla presenza di Sua Altezza Lo sceicco Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Principe Ereditario di Dubai e Presidente del Consiglio Esecutivo di Dubai e Sua Altezza Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Sovrano di Dubai. La Global Food Technology Challenge mira a utilizzare tecnologie avanzate e strumenti e tecniche efficienti per superare le sfide del settore agricolo e raggiungere una produzione alimentare sostenibile negli Emirati Arabi Uniti.

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Registration for UAE’s $1 million food challenge begins

September 24, 2019

The UAE Government on Tuesday opened registration for the Foodtech Challenge, an innovation-based food production contest launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is being organised by the Food Security Office, in partnership with Tamkeen. With awards valued at $ 1 million, the challenge aims to motivate creative minds in the UAE and the world to innovate new initiatives in the agriculture and food security fields. It also aims to develop the UAE’s production capacity by utilising the latest technological solutions and enhancing research and development (R&D) capacity to achieve the National Food Security Strategy targets.

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