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Hack//Meat: Reimagining The Future of Meat

Event Recap

With a pig butchering demo by Tom Mylan on the menu, it was clear to everyone that Hack//Meat would not be your average hackathon. For 48 hours from December 7-9, more than 150 “steakholders,” technologists, entrepreneurs and creatives from across the country convened at Hack//Meat 2012, the first-ever meat hackathon, to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable meat.

Pictures from the Hack//Meat event on Flickr

Winners Press Release - December 12th 2012 : FOOD+TECH CONNECT, GRACE COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDATION AND APPLEGATE ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF THE FIRST-EVER MEAT “HACKATHON”

Read our press release - November 27th 2012 : LEADING TECHNOLOGISTS, ENTREPRENEURS AND “STEAKHOLDERS” CONVERGE ON NEW YORK CITY TO REIMAGINE THE FUTURE OF MEAT

Press Highlights

New York Times Green Blog: Bring On the Hacks (Meat Lovers Preferred) - by Emma Bryce
Grist: Tech, food experts join forces to hack the meat industry - by Twighlight Greenaway
Green Biz: Hacking away at the sustainable meat industry - by Heather Clancy
The Next Web: Carnivores cut code to hack meat - by Eugenia Koo
Business Week: How Technology May Help Cut Meat Consumption - by Kevin Fitchard
Grub Street: The Future of Meat Will Be Decided This Weekend - by Hugh Merwin
The Hairpin: Come for the Steak Puns, Stay for the Butchering Demo - by Edith Zimmerman

About

From December 7 – 9, Food+Tech Connect, GRACE Communications Foundation and Applegate are bringing together technologists, entrepreneurs, creatives, policy experts, non-profit leaders and industry executives to develop technologies and tools that help democratize meat.

Over the course of the weekend, “steakholders” will work with teams to rapidly prototype innovative solutions to business or consumer education challenges in the way meat is produced, processed, distributed, sold and consumed.

And starting on November 12, we are hosting an online conversation (Twitter hashtag #hackmeat) where leading food and technology innovators will explore the ways that data, technology and new communication methodologies can be used to create a more sustainable, profitable and healthy future of meat.

Join the conversation and share your requests for the products and solutions that are most critical for the meat industry on Twitter, on Facebook (Food+Tech Connect), on the Food+Tech Connect website or on your own blog.

How to get Involved

  1. Register

    Developers, designers, gamers, marketers, storytellers, academics, farmers, butchers, restaurateurs, policy experts and anyone who is in the business of meat is invited to participate. Individuals and teams from established organizations are welcome (and encouraged) to participate. 
  2. Graze on New Ideas

    From November 12 – 23 we are hosting an online conversation, asking food and technology innovators: “How can information and technology be used to hack (or reimagine) meat?”  Explore the ways that data, technology and new communication methodologies can be used to create a more sustainable, profitable and healthy future of meat.

    Join the conversation either in the comments, on Twitter (hashtag #hackmeat), on Facebook or on your own blog.
  3. Learn about the Challenges

    In early November, we will begin posting steakholder challenge briefs to the wiki to help you understand the problems and opportunities. Learn about the general topics we will be tackling here.
  4. Meat the “Steakholders“

    Join steakholders, industry thought leaders and your fellow hackers for a carnivorous kick-off dinner to learn about the weekend’s challenges, match skills with needs and begin forming teams.
  5. Prototype

    From December 8-9, groups will self-organize and work with steakholders to prototype innovative solutions to their challenges. The Design Gym will be working with groups to help facilitate ideation and product development.
  6. Develop

    Winning projects will receive resources to continue development after the hackathon, such as money, partnerships, and/or marketing and business strategy mentorship.