Discover the 3 challenges that teams hacked at FoodHack 2017


1. Sustainable Living Lab
Food Save Challenge 

The Sustainable Living Lab is a pioneering initiative supported by the Fondation Engagement Migros and catalysed by Impact Hub Geneva & Lausanne, with the objective to create a multi-stakeholder platform through which business, government and civil society openly collaborate in order to support concrete initiatives that solve the most important challenges of our time by taking action locally.

Impact Hub
Impact Hub is the largest entrepreneurship and innovation community in Switzerland with +1’500 members having access to six locations in Switzerland (Zurich, Bern, Geneva and soon Lausanne and Basel) and 90 Impact Hubs worldwide (i.e., +15,000 members globally). At its core, Impact Hub is a community of creators building a radically collaborative world that works for all it’s people as well as the planet itself.

The Problematic
Food waste specifically in the context of the Lausanne area.

The Challenge
Sustainable Living Lab is looking for projects that add value and maximise impact in addition to the existing food saving network.



2. WWF Suisse
Urban Agriculture Challenge

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. In order to achieve this mission, WWF focuses its efforts on two broad areas:

  • Biodiversity - to ensure that the earths web of life stays healthy and vibrant for generations to come.
  • Footprint - reducing the negative impacts of human activity - our ecological footprint - and that the use of natural resources required for life are managed sustainably and equitably.

One Planet Living (OPL)

WWF has been developing solutions to decrease the ecological footprint of “urban life”. In 2004, the prototype of One Planet Living (OPL) neighborhood has been launched in south London (BedZed). The concept of One Planet Living is based on 10 principles (see graphic to the right). WWF is currently developing their next OPL neighborhood in Orbe, Switzerland.

The Challenge
How can we include urban agriculture in the future OPL neighborhood in Orbe, so that local production (urban on-site and peripheric agriculture) can be boosted ?



3.1 RicoLab - Food Traceability
& Provenance Challenge 

Ricolab is the radical innovation lab of Swiss SME Ricola. Ricolab prototypes new business, generates learning by building startups and engaging in ecosystems. Ricolabs current focus is on herbs and technology, touching on areas such as ag-tech, health-tech, foodtech and urban spaces and using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for all our activities.

The Problematic
Increasingly, consumers care about how their food is produced, and where it was produced- but there is currently no solution on the market that provides consumers with a strong value proposition to eat sustainable and traceable food. As a result, there is little trust from consumers on the origin and health benefits of their food.

RFID technologies make it possible to integrate food data such as provenance into a product and should enhance brand value, reward consumers, engage mass personalization, and drive sales for producers and brands alike.

The Challenge
Your challenge is to create a consumer facing demo/ prototype that provides consumers with food transparency data (origin, provenance, nutrition, etc.) that informs and rewards them for purchasing sustainably.



3.2 Ambrosus - Food Traceability
& Provenance Challenge 

Ambrosus is developing the world’s first publicly verifiable community-driven ecosystem based on a combination of high-tech sensors, blockchain protocol and smart contracts. It aims to assure quality, safety and origin of food and pharmaceuticals and asset tracing within the global supply chains.

The ecosystem is powered by Amber (AMB), a native blockchain token. AMB possesses a unique purpose of being the bond between the product and the quality parameters data recorded about it by the sensors. The quality parameters are stored separately and AMB token becomes a unique identifier, a certificate of the sort, which records the entire history of the product, assuring the data integrity on the blockchain.

Ambrosus is fully compatible with Ethereum public network and is also building a private network for supply chain stakeholders.

The Problematic
Nowadays, the development of IoT already changes the traditional way of marketing. Smart label and packaging integration services deliver a powerful 1-to-1 digital marketing platform for brands to connect directly with the consumers (for example, by scanning a QR code, the consumer gets a video about the product). The disintermediation enables brands to enhance consumer dialogue, build loyalty and drive sales. However, consumers now seek for more transparency and trustful traceability of products.

The Challenge
Ambrosus challenge is to tackle this lack of knowledge about goods for the consumers and give them meaningful information, such as quality, safety, counterfeiting, origin... The aim is to get a showcase / demo that will work and could be reused after the hackathon.