MITF+AC Presentation: Supporting and Encouraing Innovations in Agriculture

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MIT's student club MITF+AC hosted their first conference on April 1, 2011. Shared past IDEAS winners, areas for potential innovation (certainly not all), FarmHACK tidbits and more.

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  • Welcome. We support and encourage innovations in the Food System. So what I want to do today is tell you about some of the areas I think about the food system – told through the eyes of a competition. only a quick snapshot of what we’ve been working on – and what’s developed as a result. And where the future goes.
  • History of the competition
  • Tools and methods – a simple corn sheller, to a new irrigation system. There’s a lot of variables to consider in that improving the quality of well-being. That’s affordability. Simplicity. Effectiveness. Storage. Processing.
  • Information systems. Market prices. Demand for products. Open Source Ecology.
  • Education
  • Peanut Revolution – a team that entered in 2006. that took a hand sheller peanut – and a made it more a pedal powered tool to increase the efficiency.
  • SolSource in 2008 – to help western Chinese nomads and farmers convert from cement-based stove to a transportable solar stove – that was better for the environment.
  • Teams enetringthis year. X amount of teams. In lots of areas.Maa-Bara – Shayna, Grain Mill, ZacaTech.
  • One of the ways – we’re encouraging even more innovations to take place. FarmHack@ MIT – what we’d like to do more of.
  • MITF+AC Presentation: Supporting and Encouraing Innovations in Agriculture

    1. 1. MIT Global Challenge<br />Encouraging and Supporting Innovations in the Food System<br />Kate Mytty / #mitchallenge<br />
    2. 2. 10 years<br />64 teams have won<br />- - - <br />innovation, feasibility and impact <br />
    3. 3. Possible areasof innovation<br />1. tools<br />
    4. 4. 2. Information, systems and policies<br />
    5. 5. 3. education<br />
    6. 6. Whatwe have seenso far<br />
    7. 7. Peanut Revolution (IDEAS 2005)<br />
    8. 8. SolSource(IDEAS 2009)<br />credit: One Earth Designs<br />
    9. 9. Whatcan we create and support this year<br />
    10. 10. FarmHACK @ MIT<br />
    11. 11. join us!<br />http://globalchallenge.mit.edu<br />Community Choice Vote Opens Tuesday!<br />Kate Mytty<br />kmytty@mit.edu<br />Lars Hasselblad Torres<br />lhtorres@mit.edu<br />@mitchallenge<br />

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