Hackathon's topic

Propose sustainable food solutions while significantly reducing food waste and loss.

Target audience

Graduate and undergraduate students.




Number of

08 Nov 2023

Hackathon Date

16 Oct 2023

Publicity Date

03 Nov 2023

Registration deadline

The Food Waste Hackathon 2023 is a one-day competition designed to provide university students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with experience working on real-world problems to solve food sustainability issues. We seek to harness the power of technology, education, community engagement, and behavioral change to inspire lasting, positive shifts in how we relate to food.

This year's challenge is divided into five themes: Primary Production, Food Processing and Manufacturing, Food and Beverage in Retail, Consumer Consumption Habits, and Waste Generation and Alternative Waste Management. You will have the option of choosing between specific or broader tasks within each theme.

Who can participate in the hackathon?

The hackathon is open to all university students currently enrolled in CAA (Commission for Academic Accreditation) licensed institutions in the UAE.


First place

15,000 AED

Second place

10,000 AED

Third place

5,000 AED

Hackathon Shedule

08:00 am - 09:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Hackathon Phase I
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm Lunch
01:00 pm - 04:00 pm Hackathon Phase II
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm Solutions Presentation
06:00 pm Announcement of Winners

Food Waste Hackathon 2023 Theme

Primary Production

This theme challenges participants to explore innovative solutions to reduce food waste at its source and pave the way for a more sustainable and efficient food system. By revolutionizing how we approach farming and harvesting, we can contribute significantly to the global effort to combat food waste, conserve resources, and create a more sustainable and resilient food system for all.

Food Processing & Manufacturing

Food processing and manufacturing are vital to meet the global demand for food products. Yet, these industries' inefficiencies, losses, and waste contribute significantly to the staggering issue of food waste. This theme aims to reimagine and innovate how food is processed and manufactured to reduce waste, conserve resources, and build a more sustainable food system.

Food & Beverage in Retail

We recognize that retail plays a pivotal role in the food supply chain, and this theme is a call to action for all who believe that change starts at the point of sale. To reduce food waste, we focus on the retail environment, where vast quantities of food and beverages are bought, sold, and sometimes discarded

Consumer Consumption Habits

Individuals play a crucial role in the fight against food waste. We can collectively profoundly impact our environment, communities, and personal well-being by reimagining how we purchase, prepare, and consume food.

Waste Generation & Alternative Waste Management

Waste generation is an integral part of the food supply chain, and innovative waste management solutions can be a powerful catalyst for reducing food waste and its environmental impact. Food waste, in the form of scraps, surplus, and by-products, is generated at various supply chain stages, from production to consumption.

The students will work in teams (2-4 members) to create and propose novel solutions that address a problem within one of the proposed themes. The final deliverables may vary depending on the specific goals and objectives of the theme, which can include innovative solutions, prototypes, business plans, data-driven solutions, animated simulations of solutions … etc. By the end of the day, each team will present their ideas, solutions, and findings to a panel of judges. To ensure a smooth and timely event, we want to inform you that each team will have a strict presentation time limit of 5 minutes. The presentation should be clear, concise, and persuasive, showcasing the innovation and potential impact of their solutions.