Translating Science Into Business Innovation: The Case of Open Food and Nutrition Data Hackathons

Christopher Tucci, Gianluigi Viscusi, Heidi Gautschi
2018 Frontiers in Nutrition  
In this article, we explore the use of hackathons and open data in corporations' open innovation portfolios, addressing a new way for companies to tap into the creativity and innovation of early-stage startup culture, in this case applied to the food and nutrition sector. We study the first Open Food Data Hackdays, held on 10-11 February 2017 in Lausanne and Zurich. The aim of the overall project that the Hackdays event was part of was to use open food and nutrition data as a driver for
more » ... innovation. We see hackathons as a new tool in the innovation manager's toolkit, a kind of live crowdsourcing exercise that goes beyond traditional ideation and develops a variety of prototypes and new ideas for business innovation. Companies then have the option of working with entrepreneurs and taking some the ideas forward.
doi:10.3389/fnut.2018.00096 pmid:30406107 pmcid:PMC6204782 fatcat:grbunaeeefhxxer3vyxhpjntge