(ITALY)

An international competition calling for innovations that can help achieve sustainable water systems has received project ideas from four continents.

The WaterFirst! competition is being led by the global food innovation summit, Seed&Chips, in partnership with the National Research Council (CNR), The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and UNIDO ITPO Italy.

From the 63 entries, the jury will now select 30 project finalists, which will be announced on 2 February.

The 30 will be given exhibition space at the Summit, with the final five receiving travel and accommodation expenses. The overall winner will get €10,000 and the Ambassador Giorgio Giacomelli special award, named after the Milanese diplomat who dedicated his career to improving water management and conservation.

Marco Gualtieri, Founder and Chairman of Seeds&Chips, said: “It is immensely satisfying to receive such a large and diverse pool of candidates for this competition. This is a clear signal not only of the level of attention to water on a global level, but more importantly of the profound committment to meet this challenge with innovative and sustainable solutions. We are proud to award the best project and include them in our ecosystem so that they can effectively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are convinced that initiatives like these, with partners like UNIDO, IIT and CNR, who are authorities in the field, will be an essential tool both to find and support concrete solutions that address this incredible challenge. Moreover, we are particuarly honoured to be able to dedicate this award in memory of the extraordinary example left to us by Ambassador Giacomelli.”

Innovators Magazine is a media partner for Seed&Chips, which takes place from 7 to 10 May at the Mico-Milano Congressi, and we’ll have all the build up to the event over the coming months.