FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHEN ARE FINAL PROPOSALS DUE?

February 1, 2022

WILL THIS EVENT BE HYBRID OR VIRTUAL?

Due to the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19, Cultivate Tomorrow 2022 will be 100% virtual, via the Hopin event platform.

HOW WILL PROJECT PROPOSALS BE EVALUATED?

Project proposals will be presented to assigned judges, who are professionals from industry and academia alike. the proposals will be judged based on a calculated rubric, specific to each challenge track (Scientific Communication, Advertising, Underutilized Resource).

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.

WILL THIS EVENT BE IN PERSON OR ON LINE?

Cultivate Tomorrow will be a hybrid event. In person attendance is encouraged as we will have two locations, one in Bay Area, CA and one in Boston, MA.
Company mentors and judges will have the option to join in-person or virtual depending on capacities.

 WHEN IS THE EVENT?

Cultivate tomorrow is scheduled for February 12th, 2022 from 9am - 5pm EST and 9am-5pm PST. This will be a hybrid event with a virtual option and an in-person option in the Bay Area, CA and in Boston, MA. Exact locations are still TBD depending on participation. 

If you are not involved the event, but would still like to attend the event, please contact us via the contact form

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 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?

Students will record 30 second introductions to share with other participants to help form groups. 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).

WHEN ARE WE PRESENTED WITH THE HACKATHON CHALLENGE/ PROMPT?

December 3rd, 2021 via slack.

WHAT WILL BE THE MAIN COMMUNICATION PLATFORM FOR THIS EVENT?

The main communication platform will be Slack.

HOW ARE TEAMS MATCHED WITH MENTORS?

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