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Brief Published: 16 Jul 2014

Hacking the Dining Industry

Hack//Dining Hackathon, New York

The Hack//Dining hackathon, held in June in New York, brought together 200 individuals across the food service, design and technology sectors to "re-engineer the future of food".

Organised by New York-based Food+Tech Connect – a blog that explores how technology can improve the food industry – sponsors included New Jersey butcher Applegate Farms, US fast-food chain Chipotle and tech giant Google.

During the event, participants could access and build on data from partners including Orange Chef's PrepPad digital scales, food transparency and data app Ingredient 1, and wearable fitness tracker Jawbone.

Applegate asked participants to explore how technology could be used to help individuals communicate their food preferences to food-service establishments and suppliers. The winning project, Rumble – dubbed "the Yelp of campus food service" – enables university students to give feedback to their dining halls.

Meanwhile, Google asked participants to consider how corporate food service could use technology to help individuals make better food and behaviour choices that allow them to achieve their personal and professional lifestyle goals. The winning concept, Hive, is a digital personal trainer and nutritionist that collates wearable data, utilising a range of tools from 'selfies' to digital weigh-ins.

To read more about how technology is influencing the dining and cooking landscape, see Intelligent Food and Digital Dining. For more on how technology is impacting our food choices, see Next-Gen Dieting.