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HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION OF CULTIVATE TOMORROW?

If you are a student looking to join the organization team please check out this page. If you are looking to join as an industry partner please email jkern@mit.edu. 

I MISSED PART OF THE EVENT, CAN I STILL WATCH SOME OF THE PANEL AND SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS?

Yes! We have uploaded all of the available recordings to our Event Recap page. The student projects will be posted on our site by March 1st 2022. 

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER CULTIVATE TOMORROW HACKATHON?

We will be hosting the Cultivate Tomorrow Hackathon annually and putting together several other events throughout the year for students and industry to get involved in. If you have an idea for an event that you would like to co-host with Cultivate Tomorrow, please email jkern@mit.edu

WHAT IS A HACKATHON?

Hey now,  hackathons aren't limited to coding. A hackathon, is a race against the clock to solve a problem. In this case, the the problems are related to the current supply chain, technological, and marketing challenges associated with the cellular agriculture industry.

WHAT IS CELLULAR AGRICULTURE?

Cellular Agriculture is the sustainable process of creating animal products through cell culturing process. We will be focused specifically on food produced through cell culture, such as dairy, eggs, meat, seafood, etc. To learn more about it check out this website: https://new-harvest.org/what-is-cellular-agriculture/

WHAT IS CULTIVATE TOMORROW HACKATHON?

Cultivate Tomorrow Hackathon is the first US-based hackathon for the cell ag space. This event is organized by a group of graduate and undergraduate students across the US who are immersed and interested in the industry. We hope to welcome new talented and skilled individuals to help grow the industry.

HOW CAN I STAY CONNECTED WITH THE PARTICIPANTS FROM THE HACKATHON 2022?

We will be putting together a discussion page for student participants and future participants to share information, articles, discuss hot topics in cultivated food, and learn about more events. This platform will either be integrated into this website or be done through LinkedIn.

WHAT IF I AM NOT IN STEM?

That's great! We are working to get more individuals with non-STEM backgrounds involved in the industry. One of the main goals of Cultivate Tomorrow is to promote collaboration to bridge the gap between STEM and the business universe to get one step closer to a more sustainable food system. We encourage highly skilled individuals with backgrounds in supply chain, marketing, economics, law, environmental studies, design, and any other humanities, social science, or arts major to apply!

WHAT WILL BE THE MAIN COMMUNICATION PLATFORM FOR THIS EVENT?

The main communication platform will be Slack.

WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT CELLULAR AGRICULTURE?

Here's an answer: not many people do. Cellular agriculture is a young industry, and events like Cultivate Tomorrow aim to bring scholars and industry professionals together to learn, collaborate, and connect. We will host a crash course for all participants in November to teach the basics of the industry, ranging from the business aspect to the science and technology of cell cultured food.

HOW WILL CULTIVATE TOMORROW WORK?

Participants will choose or be assigned to a team of 4 members with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. Teams will choose a challenge statement pertaining to advertising novel products, creating a scientific communication platform, or researching underutilized resources for production. Teams will be assigned an industry mentor that will provide counsel to the team. On February 1st, 2022 teams will submit their final proposal to a panel of judges. The panel of judges will select and award the best proposal according to a set of criteria.

DO I HAVE TO WORK WITH AN INDUSTRY MENTOR?

It is recommended that teams work with an industry mentor to receive guidance and a deeper understanding of the industry. Teams can contact the event organizers to discuss this in detail.

HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?

 After brief introductions by students, we will also have a networking sessions to help with team formation. Otherwise we will place you in a team based on diversity from team members and geographical location (to allow in-person collaboration).

HOW ARE TEAMS MATCHED WITH MENTORS?

Teams will be matched with mentors based on interests, industry focus, and geographical location.