From June 27-29, Food+Tech Connect, in partnership with Applegate, Google, Chipotle, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and Studio Industries, is bringing restaurant, foodservice, tech and design rabble-rousers together to prototype open-source software and hardware solutions to industry-wide challenges at Hack//Dining NYC.
Today, we’re excited to announce the corporate wellness challenge presented by Google. Check out the challenge brief below for a deep dive into the issues and to learn about the API partners who will help hackers tackle the challenge.
Interested in tackling this challenge? Don’t miss our recorded Google hangout (video embeded below) in which Michiel Bakker, Google’s director of global food services, explores the challenge further and answers questions from Hack//Dining hackers.
Please share questions, comments and suggestions for relevant datasets in the comments. Are you a developer, designer or data geek interested in connected devices, nutritional data and behavior change? Snag your spot today.
Interested in having your API featured at Hack//Dining NYC? Email danielle [at] foodtechconnect [dot] com to learn about API partnership opportunities.
People who are active and eat high quality, nutritious food tend to be healthier, happier and more productive employees and citizens. Most Americans, however, feel too tired, time constrained or overwhelmed to make the best choices for themselves. But there is hope. As more and more people find themselves eating 1-2 meals per weekday at work, corporate foodservice has a captive audience and a huge opportunity to influence people’s food literacy, habits and overall well-being.
This challenge is focused on how corporate foodservice providers can use technology to help people make more purposeful food and behavior choices, so they can achieve their personal and professional lifestyle goals.
Food Literacy: The ability to understand the story of one’s food, from farm to table and back to the soil; the knowledge and will to make informed choices that support one’s health, community and the environment.
Lifestyle Goals: Individual lifestyle goals are complex, varied and entirely dictated by the individual. These aspirations may include shifting one’s lifestyle to a specific point across a number of dimensions, including:
Empowering and enabling food literacy and purposeful behaviors can reap myriad benefits at the individual, community and environmental levels. Hacker solutions may impact our world in some of the following ways:
Successful hacks should focus on designing systems that:
Below are a number of provocations that are potential starting points to focus on as you explore and build solutions. By no means are these exhaustive, and we highly encourage you to find your own path and work on your own provocations.
The following are additional insights for four key components related to helping people achieve their lifestyle goals through food. These are areas where we believe corporate foodservice can have an impact.
Food Literacy: The ability to understand the story of one’s food, from farm to table and back to the soil; the knowledge and will to make informed choices that support one’s health, community and the environment (adapted from nourishlife.org’s food literacy definition).
Ecosystems Awareness: Understanding the journey of our food from farm to table and back to the earth, as well as how our food choices influence this ecosystem.
Understanding of Causal Relationships: Understanding the relationships between our food choices and our health, environment, community, happiness, well being and quality of life.
Better Food, Health, and Wellness Information: People need better ways to navigate and understand the deluge of food, health and wellness information available to them.
Managing Behavior Change: Food literate people are more well equipped to find ways to ensure their food, health and wellness habits are practiced consistently and holistically.
Health & Wellness Catalysts: Many triggers can influence people’s desire to become more food literate and healthy. Understanding the nature of these triggers will be useful in affecting change.
Fatsecret: FatSecret helps over 30 million members lose weight the healthy way. FatSecret is also the leading provider of food and nutrition data globally for integrated mobile devices, apps, wearables and services through the FatSecret Platform API.
Ingredient1: The Ingredient1 API currently hosts over 18,000 unique natural and organic ingredients, marked accordingly.Each one is also tagged for the top 14 most common allergens including dairy, gluten, peanuts, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, barley, seeds, sesame seeds, coconut and stone fruit.
Jawbone UP: Jawbone’s goal is to build human-centered hardware and software to solve everyday problems for real people. UP’s goal is to give people the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle by helping them understand more about themselves. The UP platform extends and complements the UP experience by letting users connect their UP with other services they use and love.
Ordr.in: Ordr.in is an open platform for online food ordering. Our REST APIs and other developer tools provide complete structured menu data for over 13,000 restaurants across the U.S. and the ability to submit food orders for fulfillment. We’re Twilio for dining.
Sensum.io by Klappo: Sensum.io is the most effective commercial API for developers interested in creating food and recipe-based apps. Built using the Klappo’s semantic knowledge base, the most granular source of data on the market, Sensum.io provides accurate nutritional data for both packaged products and recipes.
The Orange Chef Company (Prep Pad): At the Orange Company we are making the kitchen a place of confidence and discovery. We’re creating a smart ecosystem for the kitchen made up of quality products built with an emphasis on simple design, maintaining the craft of cooking, and using local and sustainable materials. We strive to give our customers the tools to understand and navigate their nutritional, culinary and spoon-licking lives.