Food technologies of the future discovered at Latvian hackathon

A 24-hour food innovation hackathon where 100 participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Netherlands, Croatia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Saudi Arabia developed new ideas for more sustainable food industry solutions was held on February 18-19 at the Spīdola cultural center.

Three teams that offered the most promising ideas shared the main cash prize of 10 000 euros provided by the Rimi Latvia retail chain. The prize will help to develop their ideas further.

The most successful idea was deemed to be a product fermentation application that helps to keep the track of the process and enables contact with other fermentation enthusiasts, pitched by the team JarBuddies from Denmark, the Netherlands, Latvia, and Croatia. JarBuddies received 5 000 euros to kickstart their project.

In addition to the main prize, one member of the winning team will be given the opportunity to attend the technology conference The Next Web that will be held in Amsterdam on June 18-19 for free. 

“As this was the first time I participated in a hackathon, I finally had a chance to see myself that such an event is a fantastic way to get an amazing result in a short time because time pressure makes us much more organized. The mentors were very helpful and the ideas, knowledge, and methodology gained during the communication process will be useful to us in the future. I definitely want to emphasize that each of our team members has also gained valuable contacts,” said Didzis Piļāns, a member of team JarBuddies.

Second place and a cash prize of 3 000 euros went to a team named Broccoli from Latvia. The team developed an application that converts the entered recipes into a list of required products available at online stores.

Third place and a cash prize of 2 000 euros to kickstart their project was received by Green Bytes who offered a platform that collects information from various restaurant registers to predict the exact number of items to order, which should result in reduced food waste.

In total, 16 ideas were presented at the hackathon.

The hackathon Future of Food is organized by The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, EIT Food Hub Latvia, Riga Technical University Design Factory and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with Helve.

In total, over 200 participants from around the world applied for the hackathon and 100 participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Netherlands, Croatia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Saudi Arabia were accepted to participate in hackathon. All confirmed participants received a free 2-day General Pass to attend the TechChill conference on February 20-21.

More information here: www.futureoffood.eu 

 
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