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FOOD GEEKS TRAVEL: ITALY
May 3, 2015 - May 9, 2015
We took a week long trip to Italy for the opening week of Food EXPO Milan 2015. This year’s theme was “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, encouraging a platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions around food. Over 140 countries showcased premier technologies geared toward ensuring healthy, safe, and sufficient food for all over 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.
As with past global Food Geeks Travel events, the Mixing Bowl coordinated in-country lodging and transportation, but not flights. We participated in a hackathon with the Food Innovation Program, a project launched by the Future Food Institute (Bologna) and the Institute for the Future (Palo Alto). We also took part in one day of the Feeding the Planet Consortium’s Food Cluster Week at the Parco Tecnologico Padano.
Our Mixing Bowl agenda was as follows:
Sunday, May 3: (BOLOGNA) Arrive in Bologna
Monday, May 4: (MILAN) An immersive visit to Milan World Food Expo. Bring walking shoes!
Tuesday, May 5: (REGGIO EMILIA) Field visits based on participant interest. (Options include: precision farming, balsamic vinegar DOP, olive oil, industrial organic fruit and vegetable producers, wine, meat, etc.)
Afternoon –4 pm: Let’s Hack: Nutrition for All reception
Wednesday, May 6: (REGGIO EMILIA): “Let’s Hack” hackathon with the Food Innovation Program. All day event + closing ceremony
Theme: Global Collaboration to provide Nutrition for All
Thursday, May 7: (LODI, Parco Tecnologico Padano)
In conjunction with the Feeding the Planet Consortium, international B2B matchmaking organized by the Enterprise Europe Network.
Friday, May 8: (BOLOGNA)
Free day in the city of food, Bologna! Dinner at night.
Saturday, March 9: Return home
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