Open Food Data

Business Innovation

Hackdays 2018 Supported Projects

Welcome to “Business Innovation”

The three year program “Business Innovation” launched by and Engagement Migros aims to build a publicly available base of nutrition data, to create new innovative and value adding solutions, and to further develop the use of open data for entrepreneurial purposes.

Every year creative, entrepreneurial and scientific projects in the area of food and nutrition data are selected and supported on their way from the first idea to market readiness by providing new open data, intense coaching, mentorship and financial support.


For this purpose three main activities are being pursued:

  1. Creating a platform with open food data
  2. Prototyping new solutions during our Hackdays
  3. Scaling promising open food data projects

Open Food Hackdays 2018

If you care about food, no matter if it’s due to ecological, health, social or gourmet reasons, this is the place to be!

At the «Open Food Data Hackdays» we invite engineers, designers, agricultural and nutrition experts, entrepreneurs and students to jointly develop new solutions for a transparent, efficient, and innovative food industry based on open food data.




Click the following links to sign up:

27/28.01.2018 (Saturday & Sunday) at EPFL in Lausanne

16/17.02.2018 (Friday & Saturday) at alte Markthalle in Basel



During the Hackdays we go through 3 phases:

9:30 am, first day – collecting project ideas and forming teams (40 min)
10:15 am, first day – working on prototypes (24 h)
3:00 pm, second day – selecting the most promising solutions (90 min)


Open Food Data

You can find an overview of the currently available open
food data right here: Open Data Resources. There are new
data sets being added on a regular basis and we also welcome
projects that aim to gather new valuable data. If you own or
manage food data, which you want to make available,
please get in contact with us.



The most promising projects of the Open Food Hackdays
will be incubated for 3-9 months, receiving:

– Financial Support of up to CHF 10’000
– Mentorship & intense Coaching
– Workspace & Infrastructure


Project Ideas

Feel free to start sharing project ideas on our community platform
or send them to us directly:

Hackdays January in Lausanne Community

Hackdays February in Basel Community

Supported Projects

The following projects were incubated during the first cycle of the “Business Innovation food.opendata” program, in 2017.


Foodimmune is an application, that keeps you stay healthy with traditional medicine food. You are what you eat.


With our project, we aim to illuminate the story of the meat you buy in store and make meat buying more personal.


Tool that helps connecting individuals who are seeking for healthier food to restaurants.

Jarvis the Nutritionist

Jarvis is here to help you for your groceries ! He’s smart, kind and neutral, he won’t judge you.


Open Receipts turns your food receipts into actionable data: calories, allergies and more.

Press Releases 2017

Medienmitteilung 15.02.2017 (PDF)

Communiqué de presse 15.02.2017 (PDF)


Press Coverage 2017

“The first OpenFood hackathon at EPFL is a hit” (EPFL)

“OpenFood Hackdays»: 200 Leute tüftelten in Lausanne und Zürich” (Blick)

Le hackathon alimentaire fait recette à l’EPFL” (ICT Journal)

“«Hackdays» in Lausanne und Zürich – schlaue Köpfe tüfteln an Food-Apps” (Watson)

Main Partner



Location Partner





You have data, knowledge or infrastructure to share? You are interested in what this is all about? Please get in touch:

The Food Working Group
is a part of the association.