Challenge _by Firms

Crickets in the space _By Italian Cricket Farm

01/10/2020 - 31/01/2021

Call for Ideas

From 2013, FAO begins to sustain the diet based on insects (Entomophagy), as one of the sustainable alternative to global proteins production. On one hand, insects need only about 1.5 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of edible product. On the other hand, cows require 8 kg of forage to produce 1 kg of meat. The metabolic efficiency of the Hexapods used for this purpose, translates into an alternative agro-food system that reduces the impact on the environment, if compared to the traditional farms.
The technologies’ development, related to this trade, are led by the same key concepts, such as: energy sustainability, nutritional quality, ease and production efficiency.
Starting from these considerations, in 2017, near the town of Pinerolo, the biggest Italian insects farm at the moment was born, the Italian Cricket Farm S.r.l..


The breeding characteristics and the great nutritional potentiality can increase the adoption of this type of food in
critical environments such as the space.
The Challenge purpose is to carry out a technical and theoretical feasibility study of this solution. Teams will:

  • Evaluate all system inputs and outputs, both with respect to material and energy;
  • Evaluate the impact of a 0-gravity environment on the insects breeding;
  • Study the technical feasibility of an automated realization of this type of breeding;
  • Evaluate cost/benefit feasibility of the whole project.

This activity will be recognized within your educational plan with 8 CFU credits.

Check your institutional email, look for ‘Challenge@PoliTo’ and read the regulation carefully.

SIGN UP NOW! Places are limited!

For any questions, write to

I nostri partner

Active challenge


Demolition yards_By ArchLivIng

- 10/06/2023

Call for Ideas The intervention in places affected by natural or man-made disaster opens a vast field of responses and experimentation in the cultural and technical spheres. The most tangible […]

Challenge _by Firms

Become Passwordless _By ARUBA

27/02/2023 - 15/07/2023

Call for Ideas Today’s trend in IT systems is to move toward passwordless access systems that are valid and recognized across all platforms, mobile, desktop and browser. Indeed, such systems […]

Challenge _by Firms

5S -Sustainable Solid State Switches for power Systems_By ENEL Grids

27/02/2023 - 15/07/2023

Call for Ideas The electrical grid is the infrastructure that enables the energy transition, interconnecting renewable generation and final consumers. The necessity to connect distributed renewable sources brought new complex […]

Challenge _by Students

Silver Economy_By Students

27/02/2023 - 15/07/2023

Topic In Europe, the percentage of people over 65 will rise from 29.6% in 2016 to 51.2% in 2070. This demographic change will lead to an evolution in people’s behaviour […]