Dried fruits and vegetables win the Battle of Ideas

17 October 2014

The winning idea of NWO-WOTRO's Battle of Ideas was 'Back to the basics: establishing a trade by barter food network with dried fruits and vegetables in Nigeria'. Oluwaseyi Alalade, Camilla Ponte, Lavinia Plataroti and Marisol Amador each won a prize of 1500 euros on 15 October.

Christaan Rebergen with prize winners Oluwaseyi Alalade, Camilla Ponte, Lavinia Plataroti and Marisol AmadorPicture: Sascha Schalkwijk

As part of the celebration of their 50th anniversary, NWO-WOTRO organised the Battle of Ideas: a competition for bachelor and master students who formed a multidisciplinary team and jointly developed a social innovative solution for a specific global challenge.

Three finalist teams were invited to join a TEDx training by Scott Blick about three weeks before the event. The ideas of these teams were:

  • ‘Solar powered streetlight as a solution for burglaries in Kabwe, Zambia’ from Wietske Scholtens (TUD), Frederigue de Groen (TUD) and Sharon van Luik (TUD)
  • 'Back to the basics: establishing a trade by barter food network with dried fruits and vegetables in Nigeria’ from Oluwaseyi Alalade (WUR), Camilla Ponte (WUR), Lavinia Plataroti (WUR) and Marisol Amador (UT)
  • ‘Torrefaction technology for income generation in rural Indian communities’ from Ryan Helmer (TUD), Vidyut Mohan (TUD) and Piet-Jan Schipper (TUD)

 

At the conference on Wednesday 15 October the finalist teams worked together in sandpits with experts on further developing and improving their proposed solution. And not with only experts from the field, but with the enthusiastic cooperation of the British School in the Netherlands (BCN), future experts also gave the teams new insights. For example, the idea of one of the teams improved substantially with the advise to bring their idea from a more positive perspective. And another team was advised to consider exploring their solutions in other countries as well. At some point the whole idea of a competition seemed to fade away, when the teams started to help each other at a joint recap.

During the recap in between the two expert sessions a ‘grounding’ training was given, to make the pitchers feel stronger at stage. And on stage they performed! Three outstanding presentations were given to the audience. Based on their initial idea and the outcome of the sessions, the conference audience finally voted for team 2 to win the battle!

WOTRO would like to thank all the team members, the experts, Scott Blick and everybody else involved for making the Battle such an energising success! 

Source: NWO