Ericsson Innovation Competition Ponders the Future of Food

Ericsson is a company that provides telecommunications and networking equipment and services. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company has approximately 113,000 employees working in 180 countries around the world. A pioneer and leader in its field, Ericsson holds more than 39,000 patents and is a major force in the 2G/3G/4G mobile network infrastructure market.

However, technology isn’t Ericsson’s only interest. Perhaps due to its exposure to so many different cultures around the world and an awareness that millions of people are undernourished, the company is coordinating the Ericsson Innovation Awards with a focus for 2017 on the Future of Food.

Future of Food

About the Competition

The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017 is a global innovation competition for students that challenge them to create innovative information and communications technology (ICT) solutions in partnership with Ericsson employees.

Experts estimate that the world population will be 9.6 billion by 2050. With our planet’s limited resources, how will we feed them all? Clearly we’ll have to be more efficient in the way we grow, store, and distribute food. We’ll also have to make major advances in our sustainability efforts. Ericsson knows from experience that ICT must play a major role in on how the world’s population is effectively fed.

The innovation competition is open to students worldwide. If you’ve got a great idea related to the future of food, they want to hear about it. Teams will consist of two to four people, and all must be students who will graduate with an associate, bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree on or after May 1, 2017.

Here are some of the key dates to keep in mind:

  • January 9 – March 14: Phase 1 – Register your team and submit your idea.
  • March 22 – March 30: Ericsson jury evaluation.
  • March 31: Semi-finalists announcement. 10 teams announced to go to semi-finals and receive mentorship from Ericsson experts.
  • April 3 – April 28: Phase 2 – Collaboration and mentorship from Ericsson experts to create a minimum viable product and submit to semi-finalist judging.
  • April 28: Semi-finalists submissions due.
  • May 12: Finalists announced.
  • TBA June: Final presentations and awards event. Location to be announced.

Winning teams will receive cash prizes:

  • First prize: EUR 25,000 (approximately $27,000)
  • Second prize: EUR 10,000 (approximately $11,000)
  • Third prize: EUR 1,000 (just over $1,000)

Semi-finalists and finalists will also have the opportunity to interview for possible internships or positions at Ericsson.

Helping Feed the World

What is the future of food? At Skild we can only wonder, but we think it’s fantastic that Ericsson and a group of motivated students will be working to tell us. Kudos!