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FoodTech Challenge Awards Ceremony

17-18 November 2020


Our 12 finalist teams from more than 400 entrants will compete in a virtual pitch competition in front of a panel of distinguished judges from the food technology industry. Join us only for the 2-day event that will feature a number of sessions, including a Q&A with David Rosenberg, panel discussions with world-renowned speakers, finalist pitches, and the Award Ceremony.
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18
NOV

The FoodTech Challenge at Gulfood 2020

16 - 20 February 2020


The FoodTech Challenge team is proud to partner with Gulfood 2020, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition with over 5000+ global exhibitors. We are involved in many activities – keynote speeches, panel discussions (details coming soon) – during the 5-day event. We invite you to join, network with industry leaders, and learn more about food innovation in the Middle East.
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16
FEB

FoodTech Challenge at ADSW

13 January 2020


Want to learn about the FoodTech Challenge? Have any questions related to the competition? Want to interact with the latest agriculture technologies? Want to win some prizes? Come find our booth at the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub, Abu Dhabi Sustainability week. We will be there to welcome you from Jan 13th – Jan 16th, 9am – 4pm.
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13
JAN

University of California, Santa Cruz Workshop

6 December 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team held a workshop at University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, where we introduced over 20 students to global trends in food security and the UAE’s efforts towards achieving a food secure world. The workshop was followed by an exciting panel discussion with UC Santa Cruz students, professors, and pioneering entrepreneurs, including: Sue Carter, Professor of Physics, Narinder Kapany Professor of Entrepreneurship, Provost for the Rachel Carson College, Associate Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development, UC Santa Cruz, Co-founder of Soliculture Glenn Alers, Co-founder of Soliculture Brandon Mee-Lee, UC Santa Cruz student & Co-founder of Autoponics Ashley Bae, PhD student, Environmental Studies, and early stage startup founder, UC Santa Cruz
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6
DEC

Northeastern University Workshop

5 December 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team held a workshop at Northeastern University in Boston, USA, where we introduced over 20 students to global trends in food security and the UAE’s efforts towards achieving a food secure world. The workshop was followed by a panel discussion on technological applications that can advance the agriculture sector. The panel members consisted of Professor Matteo Rinaldi, ECE Associate Professor and director of Northeastern SMART, as well as Julian Oritz, co-founder and COO of Adaviv, a tech-startup based in Boston. Professor Rinaldi was awarded a $1.7M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for developing Zero-Power sensors for large scale farms. AdaViv utilizes AI technology to analyze plant biometrics that will help develop actionable insights for farmers.
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5
DEC

University of Massachusetts Amherst Workshop

4 December 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team held a workshop at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts, USA, where we discussed the UAE’s ambitions to become one of the most food secure nations in the world. We then went on to describe the scope, submission requirements, and awards that the FoodTech Challenge offers. U Mass-Amherst has recently been ranked #4 university in the world in agricultural sciences by US News and World Report.
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4
DEC

UAE University Workshop

27 November 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team held a workshop at the College of Food and Agriculture at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), where we introduced over 70 students to global trends in food security and the UAE’s efforts towards achieving a food secure world. Several students shared their food technology ideas and projects with us, and we discussed ways to structure and improve their submissions. The workshop was attended by Dr. Elke Neumann, Department Chair of Integrative Agriculture at UAEU, as well as various other faculty within the College of Food and Agriculture.
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27
NOV

Wageningen University Panel Discussion

26 November 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team held the “Introduction to the Challenge and Food Security Panel Discussion” with Wageningen University in the Netherlands on November 26, 2019. Panel speakers included Jouke Campen, International Project Manager at Wageningen University and a recognized expert in greenhouse climate control; Xander Beks, Youth Network for Zero Hunger enabler, board member (chair) at i4Nature, and Mashiri Zvarimwa, Agri-Business and Digital Innovation Expert and European Commission Task Force Expert (TFRA)
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26
NOV

University of Sharjah Presentation

26 November 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team introduced the competition to 40 students from The University of Sharjah. We provided an overview of food security in a global and UAE context, described the application process for the FoodTech Challenge, and discussed several of the latest agricultural technologies currently in practice. We were pleased to have the support of Dr. Abdul Hai Al-Alami, Associate Chairman of Sustainable Renewable Energy Engineering Department, Prof. Abdul Ghani Olabi, Head of Sustainable Renewable Energy Engineering Department, and Dr. Muhammad Tawalbeh, Assistant Professor, all of whom participated in the presentation.
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26
NOV

Zayed University Presentation

18 November 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team introduced the competition to over 35 students and professors from the College of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University. We provided an overview of food security in a global and UAE context, described the application process for the FoodTech Challenge, and discussed several of the latest agricultural technologies currently in practice.
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18
NOV

NYUAD Workshop

16 November 2019


The FoodTech Challenge Team hosted the “Introduction to the Challenge and Competition Brainstorming Session” at the NYU Abu Dhabi Engineering Studio on November 16, 2019. Students from NYU Abu Dhabi and multiple universities attended the event.
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16
NOV