Warsaw Foodhaton 2019 was a project in which students were involved in food solution development processes, based on learning-by-doing approach and intensive collaboration between peers. Their mission was to create a new innovative product or service in collaboration with experienced mentors from Maspex, Warsaw University, Università Degli Studi di Torino and the PAN Institute in Olsztyn.
During the Foodhaton final on 27-28th of November students' teams from Poland, Slovakia and Turkey competed on solving one of the key global food policy issues - the food waste.
The 1st prize for the most innovative idea and most attractive presentation went to Algdeha the Turkish team. Mert Furkan Filizoglu and Mehmet Can Sucu from Algdeha want to provide sustainable solutions with the algal products to the industries dependent on fish. In this way, they create a sustainable alternative for people, lower CO2 emission, save wild fish and try to leave a better world for future generations. The 2nd prize went to VIPill - personalized nutritional supplements created by PhD students from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Science of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra - Ing. Lukáš Jurčaga and Ing. Alžbeta Demianová.
The opening session on the 28th of November gathered a wide audience and was also a great opportunity to meet people working in the field of new technologies, innovations and zero waste movement. We had chance to get to know new ideas regarding reducing food waste, hear a power speech by Mateusz Kowalczyk – founder of Foodsi – one of the biggest startup fighting the food waste and Tomasz Szuba founder of Venturis HpReCa. We watched a unique documentary movie „Just East It!: A Food Waste Story” and take part in a discussion with experts on fighting the food waste.
Partners: AZTI, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Università degli Studi di Torino, Instytut Rozrodu Zwierząt i Badań Żywności Polskiej Akademii Nauk