Farmers are plowing under their harvests, milk is being dumped and at the same time people are going hungry in the cities; the coronavirus has completely disrupted America’s food supply chain, and has also caused disruptions in other food supply chains globally. New solutions are needed to fix this problem. With restaurants closed, food that normally was sent to restaurants has not been redirected to retail consumers, who now face shortages. Many, but not all, of the closed restaurants will re-open, and eventually food demand will re-approach the old “normal” levels, but we must develop a new level of resilience for our food supply chains so we are not threatened again like this. Can you be a part of the solution?
How Do We
Like every hackathon, we’ll have tech experts who know how to develop software for new solutions, but we will also have industry experts from a range of areas, from farmers to food processors, from transporters to retailers, and finally also academics and think tank leaders that have focused on these topics in great detail. Although the event will take place on Friday, May 22, we encourage teams and individuals to submit their individual profiles and project ideas sooner, so that other participants and experts can share ideas and be more focused during the hackathon, having already seen a preview of project ideas and expertise available. Accepted applicants will receive an invitation to the events Slack page on Wednesday, May 20 and can already begin conversations with mentors, experts and fellow participants. Unless specified otherwise, all events will be hosted on Zoom.
Who is called
We need creative minds, dealmakers and solution-oriented brain power that is committed to ensure America’s hungry can feed themselves, while making our value chains more efficient to serve the economy. We need techies, food and agriculture industry experts, policy experts, scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, civil society activists and local and national policy makers.
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