The MINO Microbubbles team from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta was selected as one of the top three finalists in the World of Food Innovation Challenge. The competition, held by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development, challenged university students to provide solutions for agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.
The team delivered a presentation on the influence increased dissolved oxygen has on fish development in tilapia fisheries. Test results obtained by team members Muhammad Nabil Satria Faradis, Fajar Sidik Abdullah and Untari Febrian Ramadhani showed the potential to shorten the growth period before harvesting by up to 62 percent.
US Embassy chargé d’affaires for Indonesia Brian McFeeters praised the students for coming up with such an advanced technological solution.
McFeeters said, those young innovators from Gadjah Mada University have come up with an advanced water treatment technology that helps tilapia farmers increase their harvests, which in turn helps increase incomes and food security.
The other teams in the top three were from Cambodia and Malaysia. The three teams were mentored by tech companies such as Cisco and Intel in a special boot camp in July.
They will have a chance to present their experiments at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in late October and stand the chance of winning a study trip to Austin, Texas, in March 2017. The winners will be announced during the ministerial meeting on Oct. 28.