September 7th 2019, The Blue Bank, Iceland

A Purpose Driven Innovation Business Hackathon focused on Oceans and increasingly visible deterioration of marine ecosystems that heavily affected by the accumulation of plastic waste underpinning the urgent need to tackle plastic pollution.The participants were startuppers, students and researchers.


August 5th 2019, Edge Of, Tokyo

Part of the FF4CC Summer School, this Hackathon had the intent of working on the main topics of transforming and re-focusing agricultural systems. Participants had the chance to meet experts, researchers and real farmers that are working to develop strategies to better connect rural and urban communities


July 17th 2019, Collab, Brooklyn, New York

An amazing Hackathon, that took place at our FF4CC Summer School New York, dedicated to “Smart Cities”. Cities need to be at the core of our plan if we hope of tackle climate change and move towards a more climate resilient future. The participants were startuppers, students and researchers.

A video of recap of the entire initiative is available here


May 17th 2019, Exco 2019, Fiera di Roma

The ​Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the ​Future Food Institute ​have organized, in collaboration with the ​PRIMA Foundation (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Areas), the first Hackathon on the 17 SDGs  of the United Nations Agenda 2030 (SDGs) at ​EXCO2019​, the International Exhibition on International Cooperation.

Hack for SDGs was a marathon to “hack” the challenge of facilitating the achievement and implementation of the SDGs in the agri-food sector through international cooperation.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


November 16th-18th 2018, Officucina

Startup Weekend is a 54-hours innovation marathon in which early-stage ideas, come from different sectors, become concrete business projects. This time Reggio Emilia, Food Innovation Program headquarter, hosted its first Food Edition, all based to innovation ideas applied to agrofood chains.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


November 6th 2018, Ca’ Sana Ristorante Biologico

Held in Ca’Sana organic restaurant Tomato Jam was a 12-hours co-working project in which local farmers designed a co-farming service prototype based on tomato transformation. Tomato can be the first product that can build a smart system to develop Italian territories and farmers’ know-how.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


October 27th-28th 2018, Tim WCap Bologna

Organized along with TIM, Olivetti, CREA Ricerca and Coldiretti – Campagna Amica, Digital Fields Hack was a non-stop technology and innovation marathon, where participants developed solutions for agrifood and smart agriculture sectors, through IT data development projects and user experience improvement for new agroinnovation models.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


October 12th-14th  2018, Fiera di Roma

The Future Food, strong from its experience with other 20 hackathons organized around the world, proposes inside Maker Faire Rome an event in collaboration with MIUR. A hackathon that will unite students in a creative 3 days marathon that will stimulate entrepreneurship, team work, the capacity of prototyping and validating an idea with the objective of sensibilizing the new generations regarding Food and Climate Change topics, by creating new solutions.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


June 29th-30th 2018, Chongming Island, CHINA

The Food Innovation Program delegation went to the EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY to meet a group of students working on a design project to create a food design school in an island near Shanghai. Chongming Island, to the east of Shanghai, is a large sand island in the estuary of the Yangtze River, with beautiful shoals, wetlands, and dense forests.
How might we turn an abandoned island where just farming and fishing is allowed info a food innovation and sustainable farming center with food design school, farm to table programs, training centers and a food museum? After having visited the Chongming island, our researchers work hand-in-hand with students from the design school at the China Eastern Normal University to imagine how this island could be transformed into an inclusive and sustainable one with food at its core.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


June 18th 2018, 3×3 Lab Future (Tokyo, JAPAN)

The researchers from the Food Innovation Program visited the 3×3 Lab Future and discussed around the topics of smart farming and agriculture, the future of food services and sustainability practices with some of the most relevant actors in the food industry in Japan.

If you want to learn more about the partner reality you can visit this website


June 15th-17th 2018, Hong Kong PolyU

During Food Innovation Global Mission, Food Innovation Program delegation took part to Hong Kong Food Hackathon, an initiative by PolyU (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) in which different kind of professionals discussed about new business ideas for foodtech world (combined with digital and IoT opportunities), during three days of brainstorming moments and company workshops.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


May 25th 2018, Mercato Nomentano di Roma

The teams that took part to Hack Waste Rome were innovators, startuppers and Dot Academy students. They worked together in order to accelerate the innovation projects that won the MiPAAF call about food waste limitation, re-use and re-cycle, in terms of mindset, validation and communication.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


May 21st 2018, Kmzero (Valencia, SPAIN)  

The delegation from the Food Innovation Global Mission, conducted a design thinking sprint around the future of proteins. Grupo Martínez hosted in Kmzero (their open innovation hub) examples of innovative projects they are incubating. The researchers from the Food Innovation Program conducted a workshop with the challenge how might we envision a future of proteins that is sustainable and attractive.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website


December 16th-18th 2017, Scuderia – Future Food Urban Coolab

The core of this event was a hackathon hosted in Scuderia, organized to develop solutions that can ease migrants integration processes. In order to create a synergic and inclusive context, this initiative has involved 50 talents from Mygrants community, university students and innovation experts. MygrantsDays was a celebration for Mygrants community, that hosted 9 different regions-based participants who joined the 3-days hackathon.

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can check this photo album or visit this website


October 23rd-25th 2017, Impact Hub Washington

A two-days hackathon, held in Washington DC, to co-create and co-prototype hardware and software tools that can deal with cocoa growth issues and challenges. The participants, divided into different teams, had the opportunity to show their solutions to the most popular cocoa companies, to governments and to NGOs that are currently working on sustainable cocoa supply chains during the yearly meeting of the Global Partnership for Cocoa Foundation, held on the 25th of October.

A video of the event is available Here

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October 11th-12th 2017, Università degli studi di Bergamo

During Agrogeneration, event hosted by G7 Agri in the city of Bergamo, we launched Hack For Good, a hackathon promoted by CREA Ricerca Institute, MIUR and MiPAAF. More than 100 students took part to the initiative in order to redesign the whole agricultural supply chain future.

A video of the event is available here

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July 15th 2017, Fondazione Golinelli

We wanted to take part to Giardino delle Imprese, the Fondazione Golinelli project all based on business communication and team-working, following the “Scuola informale di cultura imprenditoriale” classes, workshops that counted on 60 young talents under 18. We also had an important role taking part to lessons and to a hackathon that involved the students in finding new business solutions.

A video of the event is available Here

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October 5th-6th 2017, Siena

An initiative dedicated to millennials, to discuss and present concrete solutions in Agri-food sector. This was an event promoted by MIUR in order to make innovation demands a real way for economic and social growth of Italian territories.

A video of the event is available Here

If you want to learn more about the initiative you can visit this website

Waste 2 Value

Taking inspiration from Expo Milano, “Waste 2 Value” was the hackathon in which 40 partecipants (among students, startuppers and researchers) dealt with food waste issues.
Among them there were also Food Innovation Program (FIP) talents, mentors, experts, companies and policy makers. Their goal? Creating models, solutions and prototypes, all food waste-based!

A video of the event is available Here
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Waste Hackathon

Starting from the heritage and inspirations gathered during Expo, on May 8th and 9th will take place a marathon involving 60 students coming from Italian high schools, who will work together with 15 talents of the Food Innovation Program (FIP), mentors, experts in the sector, entrepreneurs and policy makers with the objective of developing models, solutions and prototypes to tackle food waste.

A video of the event is available Here
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Chocothon Ghana

The private sector is increasingly aware that sustainable production and community development need to be at the core of corporate strategy and day-to-day operations. Based on the imperative that ‘true impact’ is only achieved through consensus, compromise and cooperation, Google Food Lab (GFL) and the International Trade Center (ITC) in collaboration with the Future Food Institute, the Business School Lausanne and the Googlers Give Global Leadership Program and with the support of Nestle, Barry Callebaut and the Food Inspiration Magazine, would like to join forces with companies to empower and connect the Ghanaian cocoa farmers through a shared value sustainable cocoa supply chain platform.

A video of the event is available Here
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Feeding Fair

FEEDING FAIR took place on September 22nd and 23rd, 2015 inside of Expo Milano. It gathered local and international food experts and startuppers, and got them to co-create innovative ideas to solve issues surrounding malnutrition.

A video of Feeding fai is available HERE
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Zero Hunger Games

On May 5th and 6th, 2015 the Future Food Institute and the Food Innovation Program hosted a food hackathon dedicated to food insecurity – Zero Hunger Games: hack for good, hack for change. It took place at the Food Innovation Program headquarters, inside Officucina in Reggio Emilia.

A video of the event is available Here.
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Diritti alla terra

On the 3rd and 4th of October in 2014, Alce Nero and Amnesty International, together with Internazionale, ran a hackathon focused on earth, food and land rights inside Ferrara’s Palazzo Savonuzzi.

You can find the best photos, videos and posts of the event on our storify here.
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Bibimbap Bologna

Future Food Institute in partnership with Alma Graduate School, held a hackathon on food services and catering on May 8th and 9th, 2014. It took place in Villa Guastavillani in Bologna, and was the second installment of Bibimbap.

A video recap is available HERE
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Bibimbap Milano

On the 11th of April, 2014 as part of Milan Design Week, Future Food Institute in partnership with Alce Nero undertook a speedhacking event dedicated to organic food.

More on Bibimbap Milano. A video recap is available here