Axereal is a partner in the first edition of the Make IT Agri agricultural innovation competition.
The goal of the Make IT Agri competition is to encourage digital innovation to improve agricultural practices in terms of the environment. This event is aimed at engineering students, in every sector, to raise their awareness of the opportunities associated with the new technologies in agriculture. The competition is organised for the 2018/2019 academic year by the Fondation Avril, the Académie d’Agriculture and AgroParisTech, which have been joined by Axereal as a partner.
Agriculture needs to evolve to address the new constraints of climate change, societal demands, the quality of agricultural production and cultural trends. Thanks to new technologies, agriculture can become more efficient, innovative and sustainable, and serve as a key player in the fight against climate change. The Make IT Agri innovation competition should make it possible to provide concrete and innovative solutions for improving agricultural practices, and spark the creation of start-ups.
The competition takes place in two phases: • A preselection phase: the teams (from 2 to 6 students) have until 15 November 2018 to submit their applications describing their innovation on the website makeitagri.org. • A finals phase: the selected teams will present before the jury an operational mockup of their project on 20 June 2019. The winners will receive their awards at the official start-of-term ceremony at the Académie d’Agriculture in September 2019.
The jury is composed of 8 members from the agricultural and scientific community, including Sophie Tuja, HR Director, Axereal Group.
Three prizes await the winners: a 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of €2,000 and a 3rd prize of €1,500. Possible contact may be established with partners interested by the projects presented, according to the degree of maturity of the innovations.
During the communication campaign aimed at engineering schools, 125 campuses were contacted for communicating the launch of the competition to their students. Information is passed on either by the teaching staff or by teams of the association by email or via social network.