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Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016: Innovations that impact the future of food

The theme of the Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 is “The Future of Food”. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a rapidly growing population and as a result, food production will need to increase significantly. We encourage young innovators and start-ups to use this opportunity to make a real difference by using technology and ICT to make a positive contribution towards sustainability in the food sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Whether your innovation impacts food production, packaging, information availability or distribution, show us how your idea will change the future of the food industry as we know it.

Enter your proposal and you could win the grand prize of $10 000.

ICT and future of Food and Agriculture



Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016


The Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 is a competition looking for the latest innovations in the future of food. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a rapidly growing population and as a result, food production will need to increase significantly. We encourage young innovators and start-ups to use this opportunity to make a real difference by using technology and ICT to make a positive contribution towards sustainability in the food sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

The goal is to find innovations that promote sustainability in the future of food, whether it be in food production, packaging, information availability or distribution – we want to see your innovation and how it will change the future of the food industry as we know it!

The Innovation Awards recognises thought leaders who create innovative technological solutions to empower communities and individuals, while working towards the goal of a fully networked society.

Outstanding ideas are rewarded to foster fresh talent. By competing in these awards, innovators will have the chance to showcase their ideas, grow their networks and reputations, and receive start-up support and guidance from leading African businesspeople.


The winner takes it all!

Enter the competition and stand a chance to win the grand prize of:

$10 000

Plus an entry into the Global Innovation Awards 2017 (only students are eligible for the Global Innovation Awards)




How to enter and what to expect


Tell us your big idea by completing the form at the bottom of this page. You’ll need to provide a 3-page business case and 3-minute video (maximum) as part of your entry.

Your Big Idea:

Please share your Future of Food idea with us. We are looking for any idea that you think will contribute to the Future of Food – it can be highly technical or it can be a more social concept but please remember the solution needs to involve ICT.

Team Requirements:

  • If you wish to partake in the student category, all team members will need to be a registered student at a tertiary institution on October 1, 2016. Your team must be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4. Students from all years and all fields of study are eligible to participate, including PhD students. We encourage diversity in our teams and are open to teams of different nationalities, universities and fields of study.
  • If you wish to partake in the start-up category, your annual turnover must be less than USD800 000.

Business Case requirements:

Your business case will need to include: a product description, a problem statement and solution, a financial analysis and a sustainability analysis. It should be no longer than 3 pages.

Video Submission requirements:

You will need to submit a video or provide a link to a video of your innovation. This video must be no longer than 3 minutes. The video needs to show what the innovation is, and how it works through a demonstration. It would also be nice to include an introduction of you and your start-up.

(Please note that the video does not need to be a professional production, but needs to meet the following specs: landscape orientation and quality of 720p or 1080p. It can be filmed on a high quality smartphone.)

The closing date for entries Monday 7 November 2016.

Adjudication process:

  • A judging panel will select ten semi-finalists.
  • One winner will be chosen from the semi-finalists.
  • The semi-finalists will be presented at the awards ceremony in a video that will showcase their innovations.
  • The Winner/ing team will be awarded and will present their innovation at the awards ceremony.

 



The Selection Criteria


The jury will evaluate submissions based on the follow criteria:

  • How well the innovation addresses the theme “The Future of Food”. What specific problem is stated and how does the innovation solve this problem in a unique manner?
  • The impact of the innovation on sustainability levels/ how socially responsible is the innovation.
  • How well the team members have collaborated – teams with members from different universities, fields of study, backgrounds and nationalities will have an edge in the jury process.
  • The level of scalability of the innovation to be deployed in different markets or user segments (consumers and/ or organisations). This includes the reach of the innovation (global, regional, local).
  • The financial implication of the innovation. The financial analysis in the business case should verify this. Does the innovation generate revenue or will it be used for cost reduction?
  • Ease of development and speed to market. This should be explained in the business case.
  • The impact of the innovation: ease for potential customers to deploy (account for time, change of behaviour, money). This should cover the benefits of this innovation (e.g. user benefits, efficiency).
  • Demonstration of the innovation and standing by this idea through a lite-prototype or minimum viable product. This needs to be submitted in the 3 minute video.



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Previous Ericsson Global Innovation Award Winner


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CHURA 2015 WINNER – ERICSSON INNOVATION AWARDS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Team Chura from Kenya was the winner of the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015 for sub-Saharan Africa. Their innovation was an App that eased the movement across networks through services, enabling the exchange of airtime between network providers. The App also allows users to trade airtime for money and enables simultaneous distribution of airtime to multiple phone numbers on multiple networks in Kenya.

Announced as winners on November 18, 2015 at the glittering awards ceremony held in Cape Town, South Africa, they took home the prize of $10 000. Judges praised Chura’s innovation for addressing regional challenges such as speed, reliability and coverage, and for having strong business potential.



Videos and Articles for Inspiration


 

 

Dr Cathy Mulligan, research fellow at the Imperial College London, talks about a new report from Ericsson and Imperial College London which outlines some of the large-scale ICT interventions that will play a role in transforming global food and agriculture sector supply chains to ensure delivery of safe, sustainable and secure food supplies in a rapidly changing world.

 

Find out more about the 2015 Innovation Awards, which focused on the Future of City life. Find out what members of the adjudicating panel were looking for in 2015. Find out what they were looking for in terms of the innovation concept and what they anticipated in terms of the Future of City Life.