For the first time in history, an 8-week international online hackathon is being organized, the HACK AgriFood’20. HACK AgriFood’20 aims to help the agriculture, food and packaging sectors overcome current problems and meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. After the hackathon, its participants will be able to sell their specific solutions for the MVP stage to the owners of the challenge: companies in the agri-food sector. Currently, different companies across Europe have already presented nine challenges in four main categories: local food supply networks, use of lateral production flows, intelligent food packaging and last mile delivery solution.
When asked to express his views on the HACK AgriFood’20 and his perspectives on it one of the pioneers in the European Digital Innovation ecosystem at Hubs, and an internationally recognized agri-food expert, Grigoris Chatzikostas, said that COVID-19 tested the resilience of our food systems but also accelerated the adoption of revolutionary technologies. HACK AgriFood’20 is a co-creation space where new businesses, farmers and food and packaging producers can find practical solutions to address the key challenges posed by the pandemic. It gives the European ecosystem a boost to move faster, without leaving anyone behind, in order to emerge stronger from the crisis.
HACK Agrifood’20 has already received support from both international and local communities. We thank the entire SAFE SMART FOOD consortium for their important contribution to the HACK Agrifood’20: the Smart Food Cluster, the Business Upper Austria, the Food Products Quality Cluster, the Foodservice Cluster and the Packaging Cluster. This union combines individual and common skills, experience and knowledge, and the connection of five partners from four European countries representing different regions with different levels of development. The consortium as a whole is composed of representatives of cluster organizations, including the sectoral food and packaging clusters, which lead to an exchange process and contribute to a greater dissemination of results in R&D and excel Innovation, strengthening European leadership in industrial value chains and, at the same time, fostering regional economic convergence.
The hackathon is sponsored by many influential partners, such as the COSME program, co-funded by the European Union; the SMART AgriHubs consortium, which brings together 164 partners from all over Europe; the Lithuanian Science, Innovation and Technology Agency and others.
In the Foodservice Cluster we have had the participation and organization of two of our associated challenge owners: Areas and Zyrcular Foods. We are lucky to announce that the challenge proposed by Zyrcular has had as a team the final winners of the event.
The winners of this edition have been:
Video Summary of the Conference: https://failiem.lv/u/bcqweuqze