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Elementary Category | Reduce food waste
Almost 800 million people around the world suffer from hunger. Still, about one third of the world’s food production is never eaten. It goes to waste. A country like Thailand produces many types of food products. Unfortunately, much of the food is sent to landfills, or discarded, or left unharvested on farms because of its appearance and age. Farms, businesses and consumers in Thailand spend a good part of their resources every year, growing, processing, transporting and eliminating food that is never eaten. The challenge is to create a robot that can help reduce food waste. The task of the robot is to order the food products according to their appearance and expiration dates, and transport the classified food to places that can use the food instead of wasting it, such as throwing the non-saleable food into a landfill.
Junior Category | Precision farming
With a growing population, every year the world needs to produce more food. One way to increase food production is to use technologies such as robots, drones and satellites to improve the use of arable land. Satellites and drones can provide accurate data on the soil quality of different areas of arable land. This data can be used by robots (autonomous tractors) to plant different plants depending on the quality of the soil. In this way, the plants adapt to the environment, which improves their growth.
The challenge is to create a robot that collects data on the soil quality of the fields of different farms and use this data to plant plants according to the quality of the soil.
Senior Category | Food distribution
One way to increase the amount of food available to consumers is to improve the way they are distributed from producers to customers. The main objective of food distribution is to ensure that consumers receive the types of food they demand from producers. The secondary objective is to ensure that as little food as possible is wasted during transport.
The challenge is to create a robot that can bring different types of food to the right destinations with the right boats and a robot that can equip the boats with temperature controllers that keep the different types of perishable food on board the ships in the range of desired temperature during transport.
This year’s mission is to build a robot that supports the way we grow, share and consume food. The project should focus on at least one of the following aspects of Goal 2 of sustainable development:
- Promote sustainable agriculture
- Improve nutrition
- Achieve food security
- Eradicate hunger
In this way, each robot will contribute to an objective of the UN’s global sustainability objectives. You will find more information about this specific objective at: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/hunger
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