Gung-ho Globies finalists in Thought For Food Challenge

December 17th, 2014

They call themselves the Gung-ho Globies and appropriately so, the Iowa State University student team was chosen as one of 10 teams worldwide to compete for $10,000 in seed money for developing an innovative idea to feed the world.

Team members include Global Resource Systems students Mikayla Sullivan, a junior; Ella Gehrke, a sophomore; Elise Kendall, a junior; Clayton Mooney, a senior; and Alexandria Wilson, a freshman in animal science.

In September, the Thought For Food Global Challenge group sent out a challenge asking for ideas to feed a growing global population that will exceed 9 billion by 2050. The group describes itself as a movement dedicated to tackling the global challenge of feeding the world.

“Our passion for global development and ending world hunger led us to the Thought For Food Challenge, a global competition that encourages millennials across the world to create unique and innovative solutions in the fight against hunger,” Sullivan said.

The Gung-ho Globies took the challenge along with 336 teams from 51 countries. The Iowa State students won the chance to compete in Lisbon, Portugal. Only 10 teams worldwide were selected, three from the United States and teams representing Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The students will participate in a three-day program before pitching their idea at the Thought For Food Global Summit Feb. 13-14.

The Gung-ho Globies created a mobile solar dehydrator called KinoSol. The students describe the product as an efficient tool to increase market accessibility, prevent food loss and increase nutrition and food security during times of food instability.

The KinoSol dehydrates fruits and vegetables using solar energy. The inexpensive tool is easy to build and designed to dehydrate food to increase shelf life after harvest for farmers and families. The dehydrator is also designed to be mobile to allow communities to share it and allow producers to easily take products to market.

See more about the Gung-ho Globies on their web site at or on their Facebook page at



Gail Nonnecke, Global Resource Systems, (515) 294-0037,
Barb McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-0707,