#FoodSavingBEC: Students collaborate on solutions to food waste

#FoodSavingBEC is a competition that has been launched by Università Bocconi in collaboration with EXPO Milano 2015, the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies (MIPAAF), the European Commission, UN EXPO Milano 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The contest aims to attract 200 undergraduate students from around the world to gather togethr in Milan for one week to collaboratively develop innovative solutions for food waste. The students will thereafter also become food waste ambassadors, raising awareness within their communities.

According to the United Nations FAO, one third of all food produced is never eaten – this wasted food is also responsible for 3.3Gt of CO2 equivalents (between 6 and 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions).
 
The 200 students selected to take part in the initiative will attend lectures specially designed by Bocconi faculty members, and will hear first-hand accounts from experts selected by partners of the initiative. They will be divided into teams to find creative and innovative solutions to the problem of food waste. The students themselves will vote for the top five ideas, who will then compete on the final day of the competition at the EXPO 2015 Italy Pavilion in front of a qualified panel of judges.

To be selected to attend, students need to film a motivational video (max. 90n seconds) introducing themselves in English and share it on the website www.foodsavingbec.com, along with information regarding their résumé before 31 Juanuary 2015. Ten spots will be assigned based on results from online voting, while the others will be selected based on the decision of an admissions committee, which will consider several parameters: university transcripts; clear explanation of motivation to participate; result of online voting; extracurricular experiences; knowledge of English. The five students attending a non-Italian university that have the highest ranking will also be guaranteed a round trip ticket to Milan.

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