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in a virtual stand the results of the MAKEathon, a series of hackathons held throughout Europe with the aim of addressing the major challenges affecting today’s food chains


Future Food Institute returns to Maker Faire Rome, the largest Show & Tell in Europe! The unprecedented situation of 2020 has prompted us to rethink business models and lifestyles to such an extent that even the food of the future will not be the same.



This MAKEit initiative embodies the sustainable focus of the food revolution. The concept originated out of support from EIT Food as a pan-European partnership to create increasingly efficient, sustainable, and competitive production and distribution chains in the food world. The goal is to provide targeted and innovative solutions, connecting all the players in the supply chain into a single network of collaboration and innovation. And so, the MAKEathons were born. These co-creation marathons endeavor to create tangible solutions, with a strong entrepreneurial impact. Over the past two years, these events have been organized in 8 European countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Finland) and have generated 73 prototypes of innovation across diverse food sectors including: sugar, cocoa, fruit and vegetables, meat, and many others!


  • Visit the Future Food Institute and EIT Food  virtual stand @ Maker Faire Rome 2020


Interested to learn more about these projects? Visit the Future Food Institute and EIT Food virtual stand at #MFR2020, where the innovation prototypes of the MAKEathon will be presented. There will also be a digital event that will include not only the official presentation of the results obtained by the MAKEit projects of the past two years, but also the public debut of the MAKEit Toolkit, a tool to respond to new challenges of the food chain, developed through the accumulated project experience. This event will take place on Saturday 12 December at 5.30 pm (CET).



  • Until then, here is a small preview of some projects created through the MAKEathon! 


  • Phyta: A seaweed cultivation initiative that provides a sustainable ingredient for consumer products as well as a strategy for marine conservation; 

  • HeelChip: A pre-paid, token-based direct charitable donation system for givers who want an easier and safer way to give directly to those in need. Replaces money, gift cards, or buying a meal, with a chip redemption system which provides greater accountability and a lower time commitment for givers;

  • Kangee: A system-based toy to track sugar consumption and help make children aware of their sugar levels;

  • Cocoa Backpackers: Blockchain-based cocoa analytics data on farm yield and produce that can be used to reduce smuggling;

  • Cocoa Hearts: Utilizing the inner part (placenta) of the cocoa fruit as a new powder product for additional further revenue stream.


Among the speakers present will be Sara Roversi (Founder, Future Food Institute), Shima Barakat (Director, Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Program of the University of Cambridge), Curie Park (Research Associate, University of Cambridge), Letizia Mortara (University Lecturer at Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge) and many others!


Access all the Future Food Institute initiatives at Maker Faire Rome 2020 following this link!


Discover the Future Food Institute and EIT Food virtual stand at Maker Faire Rome: online on 

Participation is free.





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