About the Organizer :
The Association for Vertical Farming is an internationally active nonprofit organization focused on advancing Urban and Vertical Farming technologies, designs and businesses. In partnership with Illumitex and Thought For Food, the Vertical Farming Innovation Award is a chance for university students from around the world to create the future of vertical farming with the help of expert mentors.
Urban Agriculture is a rising industry, attracting top talent to invent new ways to grow food in cities and at home. Technology plays a leading role in this, especially LED grow lights, sensors, automation, and robotics. Thanks to our competition sponsor, Illumitex, a leader in LED grow light technologies, the knowledge of vertical farming is being democratized to university students across the globe.
Contestants who enter this competition powered by Thought For Food will benefit from four guidance webinars provided by Illumitex and the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) about the technologies and techniques for vertical farming. The field of the future is right around the corner and it might include you. This is your opportunity to reach new heights with us.
There are three top prizes for the best vertical farming concepts - one of these awards could be yours!
1st Place - $5,000 - Innovation Award - Sponsored by Illumitex
+ trip to Amsterdam (for one) and a chance to pitch at the AVF Summit and at GreenTech Amsterdam 2016 (June 13th & 14th 2016)
2nd Place - $3,000 - Changemaker Award - Sponsored by Thought For Food (TFF)
3rd Place - $1,500 - Explorer Award - Sponsored by GTEC Berlin
March 1, 2016 - March 30, 2016
During the course of the challenge, teams will have different Milestone's to complete. The final pitch is due May 23rd.
Milestone 1 - Application Deadline (March 30th)
Milestone 2 - Site Selection
Milestone 3 - Crops Selection
Milestone 4 - Lighting Selection
Milestone 5 - Design Preview
Pitch Due - May 23rd
Rules and Guidelines:
To be personally eligible for the The Innovation Prize for Vertical Farming 2016, participants must be:
For teams to be eligible for the The Innovation Prize for Vertical Farming 2016, teams must: