Open Food Data

Business Innovation

Hackdays Supported Projects

Welcome to “Business Innovation”

The program “Business Innovation” launched by 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

The future of food concerns us all!

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 and sustainable food system based on open food data.



Next Hackdays

If you want to get informed as soon as we know the date of
our next Open Fodo Data Hackdays, please email us via



The structure of our Hackdays is usually as follows:

08:30, first day            welcome, coffee & croissants
09:30, first day           presentation of project ideas and formation of teams
10:30, first day           working in teams on prototypes
15:30, second day           final pitches & selection of the most promising solutions



First of all, you get connected to a valuable network
sharing the passion for food innovation! You can work
with like-minded team members on a project idea you
care about with the support of Open Data at your side.
You will learn about many new food datasets, challenges
and solutions.

If you are selected as one of the most promising project ideas,
you will be part of our incubation program for several months:



The most promising projects of the Open Food Hackdays
will be incubated for 3-9 months,
receiving support depending on their needs, such as:

– Workspace & Infrastructure
– Connection to relevant business and industry players
– Mentorship & coaching tailored to your needs
from experienced tech & business individuals


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.


Institutions, Companies & Startups

Companies and institutions interested in open food data and
food innovation are welcome to participate through:

– sponsoring or co-hosting our next Hackdays
– making food-related data available for our hackdays,
in order to unlock new potentials and solutions
– suggesting project ideas and presenting them during the
Hackdays, in order to gather motivated individuals to work on it
– participating at the hackdays, in order to work with
other actors on innovative food project ideas
– visiting the final speech on the second day of the Hackdays,
in order to get to know different open food data project ideas

Supported Projects


The following projects were sent to the last round at the international
incubator Masschallenge and are currently being supported by

Food on Record

Helps nutritionists to provide faster and better advice to their patients.

Project Overview


Helps individuals achieve a healthier lifestyle with personalized food recommendations.

Project Overview


Helps restaurants foresee the amount of clients and orders to save resources.

Project Overview


Fights against fake products with the help of data and Ambrosus Blockchain technology.

Project Overview



The following projects were incubated by over almost 12 months:


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


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


Tool that helps connecting individuals who are seeking for healthier food to restaurants. See Final Report NutriMenu

Jarvis the Nutritionist

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


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


Hackdays Results

All the projects and prototypes presented at our Hackdays can be viewed on our community platform linked here:

Basel, February 16-17, 2018

Lausanne, January 27-28, 2018

Lausanne and Zürich, February 10-11, 2017

Press Coverage 2018

“Unterstützung für Food-Tech Projekte” (Startupticker)

“Hacks für gesunde Ernährung und gegen Foodwaste” (Baselarea)

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)

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.