News Winners Announced for the 2020 J-WAFS World Food Day Video Competition: MIT Research for a Food Secure Future

J-WAFS' first food- and agriculture-focused video competition showcases the range of approaches that MIT students apply across departments, labs, and centers to solve food systems challenges.

October 16, 2020

Half globe drawing with food items on top

October 16th, 2020 marks the 41st annual World Food Day. To celebrate, J-WAFS launched its first video competition for MIT undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and recent graduates.  These videos showcase the exciting research being conducted across a variety of MIT departments and programs aimed at finding solutions to global food systems challenges.

The prize-winning videos were reviewed by a distinguished group of judges including food systems experts representing different sectors, science communications professionals from within and outside MIT, and additional MIT colleagues.

First Place Winner

Re-envisioning Drip Irrigation Systems for Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa


Georgia Van de Zande, PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Carolyn Sheline, PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Julia Sokol, Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Second Place Winner

OneForest: Image Recognition for Monitoring Forests


Björn Lüjens, PhD Candidate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Judges Choice Award: Creative Communication

Can We Do Better Than a Fridge? - MIT Evaporative Cooling Tech for Low Income, Rural Communities


Alejandro Diaz, BS Candidate, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Judges Choice Award: Research Originality

Seaweed Harvesting: A Regenerative Food Community


Angela Loescher-Montal, MArch Candidate, Department of Architecture

Ous Abou Ras, MArch Candidate, Department of Architecture

Arthur Boscolo, MArch Candidate, Department of Architecture


Judges Choice Award: Potential for Impact

Green Source: For a Food Secure Future


Celi Khanyile-Lynch, MBA '20, Sloan School of Management 

Judges Choice Award: Visualizing Solutions



Olivier Faber, MArch Candidate, Department of Architecture

Eytan Levi, MArch and MS in Real Estate Development Dual Degree Candidate, Department of Architecture

Tim Cousin, MArch Candidate, Department of Architecture


Learn more about the competition guidelines here.

Stay tuned for our World Water Day video competition coming in March 2021!