MAKE IT CHALLENGE


MAKE IT CHALLENGE

Make It Challenge

is a collaborative challenge for students to build solutions to tackle responsible consumption and production focused on re-imagining how food can be produced and consumed in a sustainable manner.

​Make It Challenge is organised by Sunway University in collaboration with Lancaster University and a partnership with United Nations Technology Innovation Labs, UNTIL.

Make It Challenge

is a collaborative challenge for students to build solutions to tackle responsible consumption and production focused on re-imagining how food can be produced and consumed in a sustainable manner.

​Make It Challenge is organised by Sunway University in collaboration with Lancaster University and a partnership with United Nations Technology Innovation Labs, UNTIL.

By joining the Make It Challenge,
you will gain the opportunity to:

Solve real-life challenges revolving around responsible consumption and production.

Play a role in realising goal-12 of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Participate in an exclusive field trip in Malaysia designed to bring you closer to the problems
that you are keen to solve.

Gain access to mentors from the industry.

Learn about responsible consumption and production.

Experience cultural exchange.

Potential for best solutions to be implemented by Sunway Group and possible follow up
research opportunities with Sunway University and Jefferey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development.

By joining
the Make It Challenge,

Solve real-life challenges revolving around responsible consumption and production.

Play a role in realising goal-12 of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Participate in an exclusive field trip in Malaysia designed to bring you closer to the problems that you are keen to solve.

Gain access to mentors from the industry.

Learn about responsible consumption and production.

Experience cultural exchange.

Potential for best solutions to be implemented
by Sunway Group and possible follow up research
opportunities with Sunway University and Jefferey
Sachs Center on Sustainable Development.

UNDERSTANDING PROBLEM STATEMENT


You will start off with an immersive field visit to really understand the core and crux of the problem faced by various stakeholders when it comes to responsible consumption and production

IDEATE



You’ve understood the problems? Good. Now it’s time to start cracking your brain for solutions! We will be guiding you on how to define and curate your ideas into a structured value proposition.

PITCH



Participants will go through a pitch training session progressively throughout the program to develop an ideal pitch and will be presenting the pitch as part of a social innovation conference.

UNDERSTANDING PROBLEM STATEMENT


You will start off with an immersive field
visit to really understand the core and crux
of the problem faced by various
stakeholders when it comes to
responsible consumption and production

IDEATE



You’ve understood the problems? Good. Now it’s time to start cracking your brain for solutions! We will be guiding you on how to define and curate your ideas into a structured value proposition.

PITCH



Participants will go through a pitch training session progressively throughout the program to develop an ideal pitch and will be presenting the pitch as part of a social innovation conference.

Application Process

You can apply to participate in the competition through this online
application. This competition is only open to students from Sunway
University, Sunway College, and Lancaster University, England.

Students will have to submit the deliverable listed in the “Deliverable”
section of this page. The problem statements mentioned in the
deliverable can be found in the Problem Statement section on this page..

The application to participate is on an individual basis, no team entry
will be entertained. Submission deadline is on the 22nd of August.
Selected participants will be announced on 27th August 2019.

Application Process

You can apply to participate in the competition through this online
application. This competition is only open to students from Sunway
University, Sunway College, and Lancaster University, England.

Students will have to submit the deliverable listed in the “Deliverable”
section of this page. The problem statements mentioned in the
deliverable can be found in the Problem Statement section on this page..

The application to participate is on an individual basis, no team entry
will be entertained. Submission deadline is on the 22nd of August.
Selected participants will be announced on 27th August 2019.

Make It Challenge 2019
Problem Statement

The following are three problem statements revolving around
Responsible Consumption & Production:

 

FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT

Wastage of food surplus is a growing concern in urban areas. The issue affects multiple dimensions
including lower income groups, malnourished children, homeless citizens, the release of methane
from decaying organic matter, etc. As the world becomes more urbanised, this issue will be
of greater concern if it is allowed to continue with minimal intervention

This is an issue that pertains most developed nations and developing nations. America for example
loses up to 40% of its food from farm to fork to landfill. In cost, what this means is that each year,
America spends over $220 billion growing, transporting, and processing almost 70 million tons of
food that ends up going to waste.

Students are suggested to provide probable but well thought out solutions that could tackle issued
related to food waste management. This includes both edible and inedible food waste. The solutions
should be innovative but does not necessarily have to be a tech-based solution.

 

 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

Today, agricultural systems across Asia Pacific are challenged by climate change and other
threats such as increased energy costs. Within such a context, sustainable, resource-efficient
agricultural practices help farmers adapt to change, sustain their livelihoods and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from farm activities. Fishing activities must also be managed carefully
so that other species and habitats within the ecosystem remain healthy.

Global food production methods must change to minimise the impact on the environment and
support the world’s capacity to produce food in the future. As with other man-made activities,
food production contributes to climate change, water scarcity, soil degradation and the
destruction of biodiversity both on land and water.

Students are encouraged to explore efficient and innovative methods to sustain food production
be it farming, livestock rearing or fishing with minimal effect on the environment.

 

 

PACKAGING & TRANSPORTATION

The food supply chain continues to grow rapidly, with consumers now expecting a large variety of
food, fresh on their plates, year round. This has extended the supply chain geographically and
across many more parties, making the supply chain longer and more complicated than ever.

The seriousness of the problem that unsustainable practices in food packaging causes, has
oftentimes been neglected. The direct or indirect impacts of packaging on the environment
include soil degradation, water pollution, and the sharp reduction of scarce resources such as
forests, solid waste pollution and toxic chemical pollution. It has severely affected the sustainable
development of resources and environment.

Students should be looking into ways to develop innovative food packaging that reduces
environmental impact. Students can also look into increasing the efficiency of the logistics
system that deals with food transportation.

 

References

National Resources Defence Council United Nations Environment Programme
Marine Stewardship Council Food Security & Food Justice, University of Sheffield

Make It Challenge 2019
Problem Statement

The following are three problem statements revolving around
Responsible Consumption & Production:

 

FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT

Wastage of food surplus is a growing concern in urban areas. The issue affects multiple dimensions
including lower income groups, malnourished children, homeless citizens, the release of methane
from decaying organic matter, etc. As the world becomes more urbanised, this issue will be
of greater concern if it is allowed to continue with minimal intervention

This is an issue that pertains most developed nations and developing nations. America for example
loses up to 40% of its food from farm to fork to landfill. In cost, what this means is that each year,
America spends over $220 billion growing, transporting, and processing almost 70 million tons of
food that ends up going to waste.

Students are suggested to provide probable but well thought out solutions that could tackle issued
related to food waste management. This includes both edible and inedible food waste. The solutions
should be innovative but does not necessarily have to be a tech-based solution.

 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

Today, agricultural systems across Asia Pacific are challenged by climate change and other
threats such as increased energy costs. Within such a context, sustainable, resource-efficient
agricultural practices help farmers adapt to change, sustain their livelihoods and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from farm activities. Fishing activities must also be managed carefully
so that other species and habitats within the ecosystem remain healthy.

Global food production methods must change to minimise the impact on the environment and
support the world’s capacity to produce food in the future. As with other man-made activities,
food production contributes to climate change, water scarcity, soil degradation and the
destruction of biodiversity both on land and water.

Students are encouraged to explore efficient and innovative methods to sustain food production
be it farming, livestock rearing or fishing with minimal effect on the environment.

 

PACKAGING & TRANSPORTATION

The food supply chain continues to grow rapidly, with consumers now expecting a large variety of
food, fresh on their plates, year round. This has extended the supply chain geographically and
across many more parties, making the supply chain longer and more complicated than ever.

The seriousness of the problem that unsustainable practices in food packaging causes, has
oftentimes been neglected. The direct or indirect impacts of packaging on the environment
include soil degradation, water pollution, and the sharp reduction of scarce resources such as
forests, solid waste pollution and toxic chemical pollution. It has severely affected the sustainable
development of resources and environment.

Students should be looking into ways to develop innovative food packaging that reduces
environmental impact. Students can also look into increasing the efficiency of the logistics
system that deals with food transportation.

References

National Resources Defence Council United Nations Environment Programme
Marine Stewardship Council Food Security & Food Justice, University of Sheffield

Deliverables

Applicants must choose one out of the three problem statements described in the “Problem
Statement” section and propose a sustainable solution to tackle the chosen problem. All applicants
should submit the following items:

Should follow the > NABC MODEL<. Your slides should demonstrate excellent research and analysis, reasonable assumptions and a compelling story (motivation) behind your innovation. The problem should be addressed from a localized point of view based on scenarios and issues from the respective participating countries. Pitch deck should contain a maximum of 10 slides.

PITCH DECK

Should be less than 3 minutes long. Use the video as a creative medium to tell your
story about your idea and yourself.

There are no restrictions on what you can or cannot do with the video.

VIDEO

Deliverables

Applicants must choose one out of the three problem statements described in the “Problem
Statement” section and propose a sustainable solution to tackle the chosen problem. All applicants
should submit the following items:

PITCH DECK

Should follow the > NABC MODEL<. Your slides should demonstrate excellent research and analysis, reasonable assumptions and a compelling story (motivation) behind your innovation. The problem should be addressed from a localized point of view based on scenarios and issues from the respective participating countries. Pitch deck should contain a maximum of 10 slides.

VIDEO

Should be less than 3 minutes long. Use the video as a creative medium to tell your
story about your idea and yourself.

There are no restrictions on what you can or cannot do with the video.

Timeline

22 Aug (Thu)

Application Deadline

Only open to students from Sunway University, Sunway College,
and Lancaster University, England

27 Aug (Tue)

Announcement of Selected Participants

Selected participants will be announced.
Time to check your email!

23 Sep (Mon)

Make It Challenge Begins!

Challenge begins at
Sunway Innovation Labs, Malaysia!

Timeline

22 Aug (Thu)

Application Deadline

Only open to students from
Sunway University, Sunway College,
and Lancaster University, England

27 Aug (Tue)

Announcement of Selected Participants

Selected participants will be announced.
Time to check your email!

23 Sep (Mon)

Make It Challenge Begins!

Challenge begins at
Sunway Innovation Labs, Malaysia!

Further Details

Application Deadline (22 August 2019)
Online applications will close at 10 pm on 27 August, 2019.

Announcement of Selected Participants (27 August 2019) Selected participants will be invited to join the Make It Challenge program at Sunway Innovation Labs & Sunway University, Malaysia.

Launch of Make It Challenge (23 September 2019) This will be the first day of the Make It Challenge where all selected participants from Lancaster and Sunway will be going through the challenge. Participants will be formed into teams and will be briefed on the activities for the rest of the days of the program.

Post Competition

All solutions could potentially be implemented in Sunway and brought to market. The solutions could also be converted into a collaborative research project between Lancaster University and Sunway University.

iLabs has partnered with United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) to provide their expertise in relation to the problem statements to help in the development of the solutions. ​

Further Details

Application Deadline (22 August 2019)
Online applications will close at 10 pm on 27 August, 2019.

Announcement of Selected Participants (27 August 2019) Selected participants will be invited to join the Make It Challenge program at Sunway Innovation Labs & Sunway University, Malaysia.

Launch of Make It Challenge (23 September 2019) This will be the first day of the Make It Challenge where all selected participants from Lancaster and Sunway will be going through the challenge. Participants will be formed into teams and will be briefed on the activities for the rest of the days of the program.

Post Competition

All solutions could potentially be implemented in Sunway and brought to market. The solutions could also be converted into a collaborative research project between Lancaster University and Sunway University.

iLabs has partnered with United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) to provide their expertise in relation to the problem statements to help in the development of the solutions. ​

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