University students are reimagining the
future of food. 

Applications for the 2023 Hackathon are now open!

Cultivate Tomorrow is the first and only student hackathon of its kind
The Hackathon provides a space for undergraduate and graduate students can explore their interest in cellular agriculture and cell-cultured food.

Supporting Student Development in Cellular Agriculture

Cultivate Tomorrow is a student organization that provides university students with experiential education in a collaborative, team-based setting. Students bring together their diverse interests and skill sets to compete in the engaging final event. The hackathon provides the means for students to demonstrate their innovation, passion, and drive as future leaders in cellular agriculture.

Supported by Industry

Cultivate Tomorrow prides itself on connecting industry leaders to students interested in cellular agriculture. The hackathon offers a unique environment for industry mentors and sponsors to provide an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge in the cell-cultured food space. 

Driven by Students

The Cultivate Tomorrow Hackathon is developed and organized by a student leadership team.

Student participation in the flagship hackathon (2021-22) demonstrated that undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines are gaining substantial interest in cellular agriculture. 

 

Applications are Open

Compete in the 2022-2023 Cultivate Tomorrow Hackathon

Fill out an application to be a student hacker in the 2022-2023 Cultivate Tomorrow Hackathon. The application asks that you explain your interest in cellular agriculture, tell us about your school program, and provide us with a copy of your latest resume.

No prior cell ag experience required!! 

Track options are listed below. 

2022 - 2023 Hackathon Track Options

1

Advertising

We believe marketing of alternative protein products is critical in driving consumer perception and awareness and subsequently impacting how our diets shape in the upcoming years.

We’re calling for teams to take the perspective of a company selling a sustainable future food product. The teams will be expected to prepare a low-fidelity version of an advertising campaign that effectively markets the product and presents the scientific concepts behind cultivated foods in a simplified manner.

 

Students in teams of 3 - 5 will be matched with an industry mentor. The mentor will choose the product and target consumer demographic that the teams should focus their final report and ad campaign on. Mentors will work closely with participants to simulate what consulting for a company can look like by providing insight and direction.

2

Underutilized Resources

We’re calling for teams to produce a proposal of an underutilized resource that can help with cost reduction, quality improvement, environmental footprint, increase in process efficiency, or diversification of cultivated food products. The utilization of the resource proposed can address challenges at any step of the cultivated food value chain.

 

Teams will choose a resource of interest and develop a research proposal that outlines the different experimental steps they would need to take to evaluate and validate this resource. Teams should evaluate carbon footprint, the sustainability of material, and material sourcing and procurement. The team will highlight the importance of their solution in the context of the cellular agriculture field by performing customer discovery and market research.

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Hackathon Overview

Cultivate Tomorrow Hackathon is a competition that asks teams of students to engage with the most pressing problems in the cellular agriculture industry.

 

Students participate and work with expert industry advisors to create solutions for designated hackathon tracks.

Over several months, undergraduate and graduate students develop a final project and presentation to be evaluated by a diverse panel of judges. 

More about the Hackathon

Hackathon Objective

The goal of the hackathon is to provide an open-to-all hands-on competition for undergraduate and graduate students across the nation and beyond to tackle hurdles the cell ag industry faces.

The program fosters creativity, problem-solving, and out-of-the box thinking that will aid the understanding, development and integration of cell-based products.

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