“MAKEit is about creating huge numbers of innovations, speedy projects for transformation. By including the Makers’ culture, MAKEit wanted to improve the entire chain starting from continuous prototyping“. With these words, Shima Barakat, Director of the Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Program at the University of Cambridge, introduced one of the most interesting and truly maker-oriented projects that accompanied this special edition of the largest Show & Tell in Europe. Everything happened in a virtual booth and in an event that Future Food Institute organized for its return to Maker Faire Rome this year!
What is MAKEit? An initiative born with the support of EIT Food as a pan-European partnership to create increasingly efficient, sustainable, and competitive agri-food chains, trying to provide targeted and innovative solutions by connecting all the players in the sector in a single network of collaborators and innovators.
In the context of this initiative, the MAKEathons were held. These co-creation marathons, born in 2019 and aimed at creating tangible solutions with a strong entrepreneurial impact, which over the past two years have been organized in nine European countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, and Finland) and from which 73 innovation prototypes have emerged from many different sectors of international food: from sugar to cocoa to fruit, vegetables, and meat!