Event brings together entrepreneurs, students, NGOs and supply chain leaders to uncover new solutions to the problem

Lineage Logistics has teamed up with a group of waste prevention non-profits, food companies, public institutions and other logistics providers to launch a hackathon to help tackle food waste and reduce the environmental footprint of the food supply chain in Europe.

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Millions of tonnes of food is wasted each year in the EU

The 24-hour ‘Tackling Food Waste for a Sustainable Future’ hackathon will take place in Amsterdam on 20-21 September. It aims to bring together a diverse range of innovators, problem solvers and start-ups who are passionate about finding solutions to tackle food waste.

Participants will present their solutions to a panel of industry experts, opening doors for further development and implementation.

“Cold chain logistics providers like Lineage play an important role in moving food efficiently across Europe and deploying new technology to reduce food waste. We are excited to bring together like-minded partners and explore new ways of thinking to address food waste,” said Harld Peters, Europe president of Lineage Logistics.

“We are proud to host this event in the heart of Amsterdam, where our European headquarters are located, as it is a hub for new ideas related to the future of food and sustainability. By working collaboratively, we believe we can contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which aims to halve food waste by 2030.”

The hackathon will be judged by a team of experts, who will review the submissions and select the most promising project for recognition. The event will conclude with a ceremony at the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam, where the winning team will receive personal mentorship through a 6-month incubator programme and a monetary prize to fund its innovative solution.

Food waste is no longer just an environmental concern but also a humanitarian and societal issue recognised by environmental bodies worldwide. According to the United Nations, eliminating just 25 per cent of food waste would be sufficient to put an end to global hunger. Research emphasises that reducing food waste is one of the most impactful personal actions to reduce carbon emissions.

More information on submissions for the hackathon can be found through this link.