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Applications for the Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste are Now Open

Date: October 2024

Mode: Online

Working language: English

Last Date of Application: 30 June 2024

Link to Apply:

The Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste is designed to engage passionate individuals in developing innovative, community-based solutions to combat food waste. Participants will collaborate, receive mentorship and refine their proposals through several stages, culminating in actionable initiatives that can significantly reduce food waste within their communities.

Teams and individuals interested in participating can submit preliminary proposals in English, which will be reviewed by a diverse panel of evaluators from WFF, KidsforSDGs, and technical experts. The top 15 proposals will be selected for inclusion in the hackathon. Organisers will pair each project with a mentor from a pool of food waste experts from within and outside the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Mentors will conduct two live online sessions with participants before the hackathon to help refine their projects and pitches.

The online hackathon will feature participants pitching their projects to hackathon judges in breakout rooms. After the hackathon, contestants will revise and resubmit their proposals, including a detailed budget. These will then be re-assessed by the same judges, who will select the top five final projects based on the improvements made. These participants will receive further mentoring to prepare for live pitch presentations at the 2024 WFF flagship event in Rome.

At the WFF flagship event, finalists will showcase their proposals to a new panel of final judges and a live audience, competing for the chance to be one of two winning projects, with prizes ranging from USD 500 to 3500.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of the live pitch presentation and may submit their preliminary proposals as individuals or in groups of up to five members.

Competition structure

  • Submission of applications (online): From the week of 3 to 30 June 2024

  • Selection of participants (online): From 1 to 9 July 2024

  • Pre-hackathon mentorship (online, live): From the 10 to 24 July 2024

  • Hackathon (online, live): Week of 29 July 2024

  • Proposal improvement and re-submission (online): From the hackathon day to 11 August 2024

  • Selection of top five finalists (online): From 12 to 25 August 2024

  • Post-hackathon mentorship (online): From 26 August 2024 to the WFF flagship event

  • Live pitch presentations and winner selection (hybrid, live): October 2024, during the WFF flagship event

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