NEO Climate Innovation Challenge

How sustainable is our food?

The food sector has a massive impact on our environment! Nowadays food waste is responsible for 8% of our global greenhouse gas emission, which is 6 times more than the global aviation sector! Here, the greenhouse gas emissions during production, processing, transportation and sales are not yet accounted for!
We at NEO Network feel committed to addressing this challenge!

Food Waste

In Switzer­land, around every third food item pro­duced for con­sump­tion ends up in the garbage. This cor­re­sponds to ap­prox­i­mate­ly 330 kg/person or 2,800 tonnes per year in Switzer­land. Food waste is not only cre­at­ed in our homes but on all lev­els when it comes to food production.
For in­stance, when the farmer’s food doesn’t meet some stan­dard re­quire­ments for trans­porta­tion or sale or de­layed de­liv­ery, it goes to waste. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, restau­rants, take-aways, fast-food chains, can­teens, and oth­ers pro­duce food waste dai­ly be­cause it got cold or the guests haven’t fin­ished their dishes.

Packaging and Circular Economy

A lot of pack­ag­ing ma­te­r­i­al is used for trans­porta­tion and in stores when it comes to the sale of food, which is not sus­tain­able and pol­lutes the cli­mate. Not only the plas­tic waste in the sea or the forests are prob­lem­at­ic, but also any single-use pack­ag­ing such as Sty­ro­foam, card­board cups, alu­minum cans, glass bot­tles, or bags of chips that are dis­posed in a nor­mal way. The en­vi­ron­ment gets harmed on the one hand al­ready dur­ing the pro­duc­tion phase (re­sources, pro­cess­ing, trans­porta­tion, etc.). On the oth­er hand, when the food is dis­posed of (in­cin­er­a­tion, land­fill, etc.). Un­for­tu­nate­ly, there are not yet that many ap­proach­es and so­lu­tions to this glob­al problem.

Digital Transformation in Food

Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is un­stop­pable and a top­ic in al­most every area. The food in­dus­try is also dig­i­tiz­ing agri­cul­ture and the sup­ply chain. For ex­am­ple, farm­ers in the USA are al­ready us­ing au­tonomous trac­tors to fer­tilise their large fields. Drones are used to seed fields and pick ripe fruits and veg­eta­bles. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, there are dif­fer­ent ap­proach­es to dig­i­ti­za­tion in var­i­ous sup­ply chain phases.
Do you have an idea how dig­i­ti­za­tion in the field or the sup­ply chain can be developed?Sign up for the NEO Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Chal­lenge to help change these vast and var­i­ous chal­lenges that need to be tack­led to­geth­er. We are look­ing for peo­ple who would like to deal with these top­ics in­ten­sive­ly dur­ing the NEO Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Chal­lenge, and maybe you or your team will find a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion that will change the world!

The Program

Our program includes



Ex­pert Keynotes


More details will be announced soon!

Who can participate?

Every­one who would like to con­tribute to solve the cur­rent sus­tain­abil­i­ty prob­lem in the food in­dus­try. It does­n’t mat­ter if you are a stu­dent, young pro­fes­sion­al, or al­ready re­tired! We tru­ly be­lieve that the more di­verse the team is the bet­ter the so­lu­tions will be!


Would you like to par­tic­i­pate in the chal­lenge and con­tribute to solv­ing the cur­rent sus­tain­abil­i­ty prob­lem? Then sign up ei­ther as an in­di­vid­ual or as a group. You will then work on the same top­ic, which you can in­di­cate while fill­ing out the ap­pli­ca­tion form.