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The theme of the Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 is “The Future of Food” and it challenges entrants to share their ideas, utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, to transform the way food is developed and distributed.

ICT can make a huge contribution towards sustainability in the food sector in sub-Saharan Africa, which is currently facing a rapidly-growing population.

The rapid population growth will put strain on food security if the food supply cannot match the increasing demand.

As result, food production will need to increase significantly.

“We encourage young innovators and start-ups to use this opportunity to make a real difference by using ICT to make a positive contribution to food sustainability,” said Ericsson.

“Whether your innovation impacts food production, packaging, information availability, or distribution, show us how your idea will change the future of the food industry as we know it.”

$10,000 prize

The winner of the Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 will receive $10,000.

Student entrants are also eligible to enter the Global Innovation Awards 2017.

To enter, share your “Big Idea” about how you will change the food industry as we know it.

“We are looking for any idea that you think will contribute to the Future of Food – it can be highly technical or it can be a more social concept but it must employ ICT.”

By competing in these awards, young innovators and start-ups are given the opportunity to showcase their ideas to the esteemed judging panel.

The top ideas will be showcased at the awards ceremony, exposing the shortlisted entrants to leading business people within the ICT industry.

To find out more about the awards and to enter, visit Ericsson’s Innovation Awards website.

The closing date for entries is 7 November 2016.

This article was published in partnership with Ericsson.

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