On 28 and 29 September 2021, the second edition of the Generation Food Makeathon took place. For two days, a multidisciplinary group of students worked on prototypes of food products based on food waste. The winning group came up with a product that was as tasty as it was surprising.
Generation Food is an initiative of Rikolto, the Province of Flemish Brabant, PROEF, Boerenbond, KU Leuven and UCLL. It’s a movement that brings together young people with fresh entrepreneurial ideas who are taking steps towards sustainable and healthy food for all. The makeathon is the ideal formula for this. It’s a variant of a hackathon, with a greater focus on prototyping.
Just like last year, UCLL students of Nutrition and Dietetics, Business Management and Applied Computer Science joined forces with Bioengineering students from the KU Leuven to tackle the challenge of processing food waste into new products. They worked on concrete cases and on the by-products provided by Casibeans, BoerEnCompagnie and Hof ter Vrijlegem. Respectively, these red beans, spelt bran and apple slices, all grown locally and still perfectly edible.