Thought For Food and Wikifactory Join Forces to Enable Open Hardware Innovation in Food

All teams participating in the 2019 TFF Challenge gain access to Wikifactory's social platform for open-source product development
BASEL CITY, Switzerland - Nov. 20, 2019 - PRLog -- The Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation, the world's next-generation innovation engine for food and agriculture, and Wikifactory, the social platform for collaborative product development, announce their partnership, which focuses on enabling knowledge and technical exchange for digitally-fabricated, data-driven and AI-powered hardware solutions in food and agriculture.

The Wikifactory platform is seamlessly integrated onto the TFF Digital Labs, a startup acceleration and collaboration platform built for and by the next generation of food and agtech innovators in all parts of the world, and which is freely available to all participants in the 2019 TFF Challenge.

Teams can collaborate with Wikifactory's 8000-strong community that spans across 130 countries, and can access and contribute to over 800 open hardware projects, which range from robotics and drones to sensors, food-waste tech, recycling, equipment solutions and much more.

Openness and collaboration are core to the next-generation innovation approach that Thought For Food stands for, and through the years TFF has explored new types of business models that enable broad cooperation.

"We have seen the massive innovation boost that open source has brought to the software industry, and we want to bring that spirit to the food and agriculture industry. We need more people creating innovations, participating in using it, and integrating solutions to create broader impact. Our world has reached a critical turning point where our old innovation systems are ripe for reinvention by mass collaboration. We need to reboot all the old models, approaches and structures, and this is one way we can help do this. By supporting the open hardware and open-source movement, Thought For Food and Wikifactory aim to increase the speed and impact of food system innovation towards sustainability and inclusivity," states Christine Gould, Founder and CEO of Thought For Food.

Anyone passionate to become a creator for food system change can sign up for free to the 2019 TFF Challenge. By signing up, all participants gain access to the TFF Digital Labs that is now integrated with Wikifactory's hardware collaboration tools, as well as practical learning content, expert and peer-to-peer mentoring, virtual live sessions, and perks from TFF's network of partners. Teams chosen as Finalists will have the chance to win enticing prizes from Thought For Food, Food Lab at Google Accelerator (FLAG), Beta.Space, and reNature Foundation and travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2020, to pitch their ideas in front of an international jury and investors.

Jana Stolz
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