We’ve recently have been asked a fair bit ‘who are you most excited about in the intersection between Food & Technology?’.
As you can probably tell, we get pretty excited about what we’re up to (well, you’d be worried if we weren’t!), but here’s our Top 5 ‘Stars of #FoodTech’ that we’re excited about at the moment (in no particular order):
Coined ‘the Linkedin for Local Food’, this awesome project is focused on facilitating the connections between diverse food enterprises, so they can find one another, talk, connect, and trade. You can create a free profile, then map your connections with suppliers & consumers in your area – showing the growing web of local food systems around the world.
Making meal sharing simple. How can we host better parties, more often & share the cost? Bringing ‘stone soup‘ into the internet era, Zokos enables us to come together more often over food, by taking the load off the hosts to pay for all the food and wine. Call it collaborative consumption for dinner parties, blended with Kickstarter?
According to WeFarm, the major barrier to Agricultural Innovation & Sustainability in developing nations around the world, is a lack of information. The internet has changed everything when it comes to access to information, but many small scale farmers in developing nations don’t have access to computers – that said, they do have access to mobile phones. WeFarm does the clever bit in the background, allowing greater collaboration & innovation amongst geographically diverse farmers around the world.
Check out the great little animation here:
How do we bring about greater cross-sectoral collaboration, education & solutions? An intentional network of Local, Sustainable Businesses, around the world, which blends education (webinars & online courses) with offers & calls for help. Invite only at this stage (vetted for suitability), GroAction is already offering online courses in Urban Agriculture.
How can you not be excited by this project?
“Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry intofarming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.”
Check out the animation here:
So there you go… our Top 5 Stars of #FoodTech as we stand. We’re excited!
Drop us a line if there’s anything you think we should be aware of. As our Global Partnership Fund grows, we will be looking for innovative partnerships with organisations such as these, who are playing vital roles in bringing about a better food system.