Australian-based, not-for-profit organization Food Ladder is offering a $20,000 (AUD) prize pack to the winning candidate who can conceive, design, and deliver a sustainable, low-cost commercial food growing system to be rolled out for disadvantaged communities around the world.
The organization hopes to extend its own enterprising reach by creating a 2.0 model that can be replicated around the world at a more attainable price point. This is where the contest comes in.
The prize includes a funded trip to see the design built, implemented, and in action, plus a 12-month fellowship with Food Ladder. The contest and prize is open to entrants from around the world.
Food Ladder 2.0 will be a food growing system for use in third-world countries that is highly economical, robust, and easy to create from found, repurposed, or affordable materials, as well as locally purchased assets.
The system could be a permanent structure for remote communities or alternatively a transportable ‘pop-up’ structure for use in refugee/aid contexts, according to contest officials, and the winning design will have very low capital expenditure — plus low ongoing costs.
Submissions are due by Nov. 30 2018 and the winner will be announced Feb. 21 2019 at an evening gala event in Sydney.