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Ever wonder what are Hackathons? I had no idea what Hackathons were, much less what they can do for Foodies.

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According, from wikipedia they say: “Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.

After exploring the Internet, I found a few Food+Tech+Hackathons.

Foodtechconnect.com their mission is to transform the Business of Food, they have an article on how to set up a Hackathon, their 1st event was a great success, they shared their suggestions:

1. Find a theme
2. Assemble the Dream Team, in their case it was Foodies+Tech experts, and offered many food goodies.
3. Agree to Goals an Roles – They wanted everyone to participate and wanted to see demonstrable products by the end of the meeting. They came up with a list of things to do.
4. Find an Event Management site for Ticketing – they used Eventbrite
5. Marketing, Marketing, Marketing this is one of the most important steps in getting the attendees. They shared mailing lists, posted the event on message board, Tweeted and then they invited their friends and asked them to share the event. Twitter was one of the best ways to share the event.
6. Figure out your budget – What is your food costs going to be for the event?
7. Get Sponsorships
8. Figure out the logistics for the event
Read more on the blog

HackerLeague.org
Food Hackathon unites designers, developers, and entrepreneurs for a world class hackathon competition, to build networks, cross pollinate ideas, and create new products and tools.

Now what I know a Hackathon, I started to seek out Hackaton events..believe me there are plenty of Hackathon events that are more geek orientated.

Food Hackathon
April 6th-7th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA

We’re excited about the first food hackathon. Registration is open:
http://foodhackathon.com

Here’s some other events you can tap into and attend.

Bringing the finest in food producers for a hackathon for the future of our food.
SF, CA Hackathon events on Eventbrite.

Intel is gong to host “Hackathon Events” to support a White House Initiative

Food Systems Hackathon

The challenges for the 2014 Innovation & Development Hackathons are live!  As part of the Humanitarian Centre’s Global Food Futures Year, this year’s challenges explore how we can use technology to help UK consumers make better choices about the food they eat, and its impact on the health, wealth and welfare of people and planet.

Who are these hackers?

I was surprised to discover, the people that attend the events they are urban farmers, gardeners, value-added producers, consumers and investors. I learned something new about what Hackathons are about. I will certainly now attend a meeting.

Would love to hear about your experiences and what’s the best Hackathon you’ve attended. Leave your comments below.

Mari-Lyn Harris

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