The jury of the “National Youth Ideathon: Better Management of Food Loss and Waste to Support Green and Circular Economy” announced the 3 winners at the competition’s grand final, held in Jakarta on 3 October. The jury consisted of Government Officials, UN Officials, Academia, and Practitioners. This initiative aims to empower youth in delivering projects on food waste management & circular economy. The competition included projects from 36 Indonesian universities and registered 53% female participation. The competition received a total of 289 proposals from all over Indonesia. The first winner was invited by Bappenas to present their project as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 10 October.
- 1st Place: Slamet Riyadi, with the innovative concept titled “We-Lab (Waste to Energy Lab)”: His proposal centered on converting used cooking oil into biodiesel, repurposing glycerol waste into hand soap, and crafting plant-based aromatic candles. His initiative aimed to tackling food waste in his hometown, Probolinggo, East Java.
- 2nd Place: CFEM Team, impressing the judges with their idea “Fish Protein Concentrate (FCP): Functional Food Ingredients from Fish Boiling Industry Waste”.
- 3rd Place: Endura Team, presenting their vision of a “Cellulose-Based Insulating Foam Packaging System to Promote Fruit and Vegetable Food Security”.
Following a screening process and a two-week coaching sessions, 15 grand finalists got the opportunity to present their ideas during the grand final day.