This fall Hatch is bringing you an exciting University-wide Student Challenge surrounding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2 Zero Hunger. In 2012, SDG 2 was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Zero Hunger vision reflects five elements from within the SDGs, which taken together, can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition, and build inclusive and sustainable food systems.


In this 4 week challenge, we want you to brainstorm and develop ventures that contribute to a future where food insecurity is eradicated and sustainability and resilience are the main drivers of our agricultural and food systems.


The selected finalist will pitch their solution in front of a panel of judges at a live pitch competition, with $2000 in cash prizes!



Challenge Question: 


How can we leverage technology and student innovation to mitigate food insecurity and achieve zero hunger? 


The Solution: 


Your idea can take the form of an app, a website, a game, 3D models, graphic designs, constructive policy, pure academic research, or any other medium which can be tested and innovated upon, that provides a viable solution to one or more of the SDG 2 targets. Your final submission must take the form of a 3 to a 5-minute video outlining your idea. 


Schedule of Events:

  • Registration Deadline: September 3rd, 2021

    • Closes October 3rd,2021

  • Event Kickoff: September 7th, 2021

  • Mentor Sessions: Ongoing weekly

  • Submission Deadline: October 5th, 2021 by 11:59 pm ET

  • Team Finalists Informed: October 7th, 2021 

  • Teams Final Pitch Competition: Saturday, October 9th, 2021

What is in it for you?

  • $2,000 in cash prizing

  • Work one-on-one with industry experts

  • Connect and network with fellow CU students

  • Collaborative and Co-Creative Project Experience 



  • This event is open to all Carleton University students.

  • Teams should be composed of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 students. Teams should be diverse in experience and academic backgrounds, as well as gender and cultural diversity, etc. If you do not have a team, register as an individual and we will find one for you.

  • All the documents that may confirm the Participant’s eligibility will be required prior to awarding any prizes (e.g. identity document, proof of residency, student card, etc.)

  • Register by October 3rd, 2021 to participate.


  Don’t wait! Register Now!