Two Vietnamese student teams have reached the semifinal round of a food security technology contest launched by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
On Monday organizers announced that both Cactus SPKT and Nothing Impossible from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education had been selected to progress to the Top 10 semifinals of the 'YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge' in Singapore next month.
Together with eight other semifinalist teams, the Vietnamese teams will participate in a boot camp in Singapore with special training from tech giants Cisco and Intel from July 2 to 6.
Cactus SPKT will present a sample of equipment developed from cactus that is able to take water from the air and could be applied to drought-hit regions, as well as areas affected by salinization.
Meanwhile, the Nothing Impossible team will showcase its idea based on an efficient heat exchanger used for controlling temperatures in fish ponds in Vietnam.
Launched in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the 'YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge' seeks technology ideas around the issue of food security and welcomes youths aged 18-35 in Southeast Asia.
It collects innovative technology solutions to some of the region’s most complex challenges in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.