On October 29th & 30th 2016, 50 talented individuals who have never met, came together to tackle food waste in Switzerland.

FoodHack 2016 was the first hackathon in Switzerland dedicated to tackling food waste and food-related emissions. Throughout the weekend, we brought together 50 talented participants built up of developers, designers and business people, to come together and create prototypes and solutions around the thematic.

The teams were supported along the way with our FoodHack partners and expert mentors and at the end of the 36 hour event, all teams had the chance to pitch in front of an impressive panel of judges. 


The Aftermovie

By Vincent Bossel & Davide Picci



Tackle food waste and food-related emissions in Switzerland.


Food Waste

In Switzerland, two million tonnes of food are thrown away annually. FoodHack Geneva’s goals were to go beyond the solutions that were created during the event, and aimed to also raise awareness of food waste at home as Swiss households account to 45% of all food waste in Switzerland.

Study from WWF Switzerland & Foodwaste.ch - Learn more about it

Food-Related Emissions

Our food choices are responsible for 30% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. This accounts for more than 2.7 tons of CO₂ per person per year in US and Europe. We have the potential to reduce food related emissions by at least 50% through smart diet choices.

Data from our partner, Eaternity


Food and sustainability is something almost anyone can contribute to and it is both a local and global problem.
— Ashley Pilipiszyn - FoodHacker and winner of "Best Pitch" prize



What we've achieved in 2016

  • Highlight and celebrate existing companies, people, and, organisations in Switzerland making a positive change on the future of food and food waste.
  • Raise awareness of food waste in Switzerland.
  • Raise awareness of food related emissions globally.
  • Come up with solutions that could change the way Switzerland deals with food waste.
  • Promote a diet of climate friendly meals.
  • Educate the general public on how to cut down on food waste.
  • Provide a space for participants to learn, improve their skills and meet new friends and/or business contacts.
  • Bring the local and international community of Geneva together under one roof.
  • Encourage participants from outside of universities to attend hackathons and startup events.
  • Encourage more female entrepreneurs, developers and designers to attend hackathons and startup events.