NYC Hackathon Disrupts Food Safety (In a Good Way)

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Image Courtesy of Hack//Dining NYC

Two weekends ago, rabble-rousers from the foodservice industry joined forces with data scientists and design nerds to hack a better future for the dining industry during Food + Tech Connect’s annual Hack// Dining NYC. 

In a piquant event hosted by Food + Tech Connect at GA’s very own NYC East Campus, the worlds of tech and food converged as chefs, engineers, entrepreneurs, executives, designers, and data scientists worked to develop open-source software and hardware solutions to industry-wide challenges. 

With questions posed by ApplegateGoogleChipotleBatali & BastianichHospitality Group, and Studio Industries, almost two-hundred participants had a mere 48 hours to design, build, and present their solutions.

Hacking THeir Way to a Better Future

Teams still standing after the initial elimination round pitched their prototypes to an intimidating panel of judges, including Dave Arnold, Richard Corraine, Wylie Dufresne, Esther Dyson, Victor Friedberg, Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Jessica Lawrence, and Naveen Selvadura.

Following an intense series of follow up questions, the judges awarded the top honors to four teams.Team Kitchen Check Image

We were thrilled to discover that two GA alumni, Erica Obersi (far right) and Margot Belgorod (back 2nd from right), were members of Team Kitchen Check, who won 1st place in the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group challenge. 

Batali & Bastianich asked, “How might we use technology to make it easier for restaurants to comply with and maintain food safety regulations?” 

Kitchen Check responded by developing a software program that they describe as the TurboTax(c) of food safety regulations. Using an interactive form generated at the county or city regulatory level, Kitchen Check generates a list of requirements for restaurants, food trucks, and other dining facilities to be in compliance with local, state, and federal laws. 

Food+Tech Connect itself is leading the charge to catalogue and catalyze the “Food & Ag Tech Revolution,” which they believe to be the greatest transformation of our food industry since the Green Revolution. 

We for one are thrilled to see hackathons addressing some of the greatest challenges to one of today’s most difficult industries, and will continue to empower students to help solve these crucial questions. 

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