Global Challenge

The IFTSA Global Challenge developed an intensive learning environment at the IFT annual meeting to  give students a real-life laboratory to discover solutions, apply theory to practice, and ultimately understand how global collaboration will advance innovation in the science of the food. Participants are organized into teams, presented with a case study that is representative of a pressing global food issue, and challenged to develop solutions using the vast knowledge available through the over 100 scientific educational sessions and 1,000 exhibitors at the food expo.  In addition to having access to the world’s largest conference on the science of food, participants had the opportunity to attend workshops specifically designed to help students get the most out of the event while participating and into the future. Teams received guidance from experienced mentors and were composed of students from around the globe.

Following the 2018 Global Challenge, teams were challenged to create short videos about their experience and outcome. Check out their videos below to meet the participants and learn about the global challenge program.

  • In 2017, IFTSA was awarded an Innovation Grant from the American Society of Association Executives to pilot The Go with Purpose Global Challenge as a novel method of student engagement by offering a forum for global innovation and collaboration. This program challenged students to think creatively and critically about global food issues throughout IFT17: GO WITH PURPOSE.

    Go With Purpose

    IFT17 Global Challenge Participants and Mentors posing with IFT Board and IFT Student Association Leadership


    Kelsey Kanyuck

    Nayara Luna Guzman

    Learn more about the 2017 Program. Participants presented during the Keynote of the 2017 Global Summit.