At the open food hackdays in Lausanne and Zürich on February 10th and 11th, more than 300 people with many different backgrounds will work on developing new solutions for a transparent, efficient and innovative food industry based on open data. To learn about what is going on and participate, you can, for example, use the hashtag #openfood.
I learned that to help make innovation happen – including developing applications and innovative projects aimed at improving people’s diet – the the openfood.ch database can be a helpful tool. In this regard, knowing more about what we are buying / eating can help us develop more healthy eating habits. Think, for example, about how you may change your buying habits / food consumption habits when it is easy for you to get information about how much sugar there is in various cereal products.
The open database openfood.ch includes data on more than 14,000 barcoded food products sold in Switzerland. The database is programmatically accessible through an application program interface (API). The API, which is a system of tools and resources in an operating system that enabling developers to create software applications. is important because it will allow an ecosystem to develop around the food data. A good API makes it easier to develop a computer program.
Doing some more research about open food data, I came across the website world.openfoodfacts.org. What I find innovative about this website is, not least, that it is made by everyone. Anyone can add any product from their kitchen. Any person, who wants to, can get involved in the work. As I was searching on the website for products in Switzerland, I noticed that more than 16,000 products have already been added by different people.
To find more data related to food, try also stopping by at food.schoolofdata.ch
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From about 6.30 in the very interesting event embedded below focusing shaping the future of health, I learned that a few years ago, Disney voluntarily changed the content of their kids’ meals in all of their theme parks, for example from meals with sugar beverages and french fries to meals with water and vegetables. Among results of this initiative was extremely high satisfaction among parents. A question for you: What other theme parks, that you know of, could learn from this health improvement initiative by Disney?
Some inspiration about the Disney brainstorming method:
What else do you think could be done to promote healthier populations around the world? Some additional questions for you about the topic:
At the start of the interesting 1 hour event, the strong relevance of digital transformation across all kinds of industries is emphasized. Other learnings:
- Minute 12 and minute 28: Increasingly, products are being connected.
- Minute 17: Testing products with customers and adapting products to customer needs can be done faster.
- Minute 19: e-visits and telehealth possibilities are increasing – enabling people to communicate face to face on the Internet with physicians anytime and in any place – using various electronic devices.
- Minute 36: If there is an elephant project, slice it in the minimum of tranches and involve the customer as quickly as possible.
- Minute 56: To build trust, increase transparency.
- Minute 57: All panelists and other participants sing happy birthday to Bernard J. Tyson.
Further research on delivering health care:
Additional research on going digital: