A hackathon is usually a gathering of great hackers who want to develop, change and improve an existing system, in a limited period of time. A food hackathon follows the same basic principles but focuses on food and structures within the food business. The hackathon is open to everyone. If you are passionate about food and the future, you are the right person. The main aim is to bring together brilliant minds from around the globe to collaborate and come up with ideas to tackle our food system’s current and future challenges. Whether you’re a partner (link to Partner Package) or a participant, bring your idea and pitch it to the crowd, and get other amazing people to help out during the weekend to bring your idea further. Or join one of the other challenges and start creating the future of food! The ambition is to generate new business ideas and contribute to the building of a sustainable food ecosystem for the future. Prizes are awarded to the winning ideas in four categories: “Most Innovative Idea”, “Idea with the Biggest Impact”, “Idea with the Most Potential” and ”Audience Choice”.
How it works
The Food Hackathon by Krinova begins with a Friday night mingle over some delicious food and inspirational speeches. Now you have the chance to pitch, i.e. present potential challenges to the competitors. After that the teams form up and the work begins. From that point on the participants think, eat, drink and sleep with their full focus on developing their team’s idea. By Sunday afternoon, after 48 hours of exhausting but rewarding work, all the teams present their entries, after which it’s time for the jury to convene and choose the winners. In our opinion, the very fact of working together on these exciting concepts in such unusual and inspiring constellations makes every participant a winner. However, as promised, four teams have to be selected to share the prize money, along with the honour and the glory. After the event, Krinova offers participants a chance to develop their ideas in the Innovation Arena, which provides the support needed to move ahead with rapid development at low risk.
Results of The Food Hackathon 2017
The wide range of expertise gathered is what makes the hackathon special. The teams consisted of a mix of professions - agronomists, food engineers, programmers and economists - people with different professions and backgrounds, but with the commitment to the food we eat as a common denominator.
Six different concept of how we produce, distribute and consume food in a more sustainable and safe way was the result when the Food Hackathon by Krinova was held January 27-29th. For 48 hours, more than 40 participants from 20 different countries developed the following concepts and embryos for business ideas:
Zita box: a box to transport fruits and vegetables in southern countries. The design structure is more convenient than existent because it is adaptable and strong. The box is possible to 3D-print and the aim is to decrease post-harvest and transport losses (won the category “Idea with the most impact”).
Pool.farm: a platform to connect with your neighbour and make your groceries (farm, producer) together in order to avoid unnecessary transport (won the category “Audience choice”).
Make a bite: an app that will help you include more plant based food in your recipes. According to your preferences can choose the sustainable impact of your food with a specific ‘green’ scale (from meat meal to vegan).
Edugreen: facilities and easy learning about circular urban farming. Imagine a perfect combination of an insect farm, a compost, collection of rain water and much more, to feed your near neighbourhood.
Need: a scanner, the size of a pen, that can warn if food on your plate contains any of the substances you are allergic to (won the category ”The most innovative idea”).
Lazer: a technology that makes it possible to distinguish copies of food from the authentic originals. (won the category ”The idea with the greatest potential”)
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