Organize a Food Waste Hackathon
Do you love to bring people together and cannot be inactive when so much food is wasted? Do you believe that we can reduce the amounts of food waste if we use technology to bring together the people that have surplus food and the ones that can use it either for charity or social entrepreneurship? Here you find an actionable toolkit with how to organize a Food Waste Hackathon in your community.
In this STREFOWA project we organized 5 Food Waste Hackathon in Austria, Italy, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic with the goal to raise awareness, include local communities and find IT solutions and use them to support our work in the pilot actions, to #reducefoodwaste in Central Europe. You can find the great App ideas developed at the STREFOWA Food Waste Hackathons clicking through each Food Waste Hackathon following this link. One major goal of the Food Waste Hackathons is though to inspire you and provide you with a toolkit to organize a Food Waste Hackathon yourself to use the crowd knowledge and competences of your community to come up with smart app ideas to #reducefoodwaste in your community.
Doing it for the right reasons
- Being realistic: Even though you should reach for the stars and who knows what Marc Zuckerbergs you will have join your Food Waste Hackathon, you need to stay realistic, that in one weekend you cannot expect to have teams create a completely functioning app, that can be used immediately.
- Hackathons are a great way to find and connect the already passionate people on food waste in your community
- Participants bring already ideas and a background in food waste to the Hackathon, so be open to include what the participants have to offer.
- Food Waste Hackathons are not start up curators, but anyway might spark something in that direction
How much time does it take?
Depending on your team size and network we recommend to plan 3 months for organizing a Food Waste Hackathon. We recommend to set up a website, facebookevent and a ticketsystem on Eventbrite. In our experience it is good team size are 3 people, organizing one all by yourself might get too much, dealing with food, sponsors, participant management, jury, ...