For 36 hours, on the 30th and 31st of August 2018, motivated students and young professionals will work together in interdisciplinary teams to develop solutions to challenges related to Zero Hunger and within the theme “Food Systems”. In order to be sustainable and inclusive, the Foodathon will not only take place in Wageningen, but also online. Teams are therefore given the opportunity to participate from all over the world through a simple internet connection. Each team, online or in Wageningen, will be assigned and followed by a mentor that will guide them through the process. In addition, scientific experts will give input to the teams, so to enhance quality. At the end of the Foodathon, there will be a Solution Market, where one of the solutions will be given the chance to be kick-started in real-life.
Next to this, the assembly of professionals from the business, governmental, societal and scientific sector at the main conference will provide the participants of the Foodathon with an excellent opportunity to make use of their expertise. At the end of the 36 hours, teams will present and discuss their outcomes, which will also be integrated in the session “Transformative Pathways” of the main conference. Although the focus will lie on cooperation rather than competition, the presented solutions will be rated by a panel of experts and by the participants themselves, to give one of the generated solutions the chance of being kick-started in real-life. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance from Wageningen University & Research.
The Foodathon will center on the overarching theme “Food Systems”. For the Foodathon, the definition that food systems consist of all processes related to production, transformation, distribution and consumption of food is used as a basic point of departure. All these processes are necessary to produce specific products, services, incomes and at last, the access to food. It is important to consider each process and its unique challenges, and the complex linkage between the food system processes. The social, political, cultural, technological, economic and environmental drivers that are behind these processes should also be considered.