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
What comes into your mind when you think about a communicating hospital? What do you think a hospital should do to become a communicating hospital? To get inspired by additional questions and research, have a look at these ideas for hospitals.
Listening to this interesting discussion about the road from migration to integration, I heard several interesting, concrete suggestions by the people who spoke / talked:
- Minute 25: Find out which values people, who live among refugees, share with refugees.
- Minute 25: Find out which interests people, who live among refugees, share with refugees.
- Minute 27: Help refugees learn to speak / write one or more languages used in the local environment.
- Minute 31: The minute when a refugee gets a job, he/she stops being a refugee and starts building a life.
- Minute 34: https://www.airbnb.com/ helps provide housing for aid workers in troubled areas.
- Minute 35: https://www.linkedin.com/ helps connect people, who have certain skills, with other people who want to get things done for which those skills are needed.
- Minute 68: Let the kids of refugees go to schools and universities with the local population.
- Minute 70: Encourage people in the local population to communicate with / invite / involve refugees.
Some questions to help discover values people have:
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:
I participated at an interesting event in Zürich about the sharing economy / access economy. What I found innovative about the event was, for example, these initiatives:
# 1: Relevant topic
Driven not least by technology / mobile apps, the sharing economy / access economy is experiencing a relatively strong growth. One of the key motivations for me to join the event was my interest in discovering values people have. Taking part in the event, I learned more about what people want to share, how people want to share, and why people want to share.
# 2: Use of conversation exercises
The event was moderated in a highly interactive way. From the very start, participants were invited to share ideas / experiences / knowledge in groups of two and more people. For further inspiration about how to make an event interactive, feel welcome to visit these conversation exercises.
# 3: Participants with different ages
During the event, I learned a lot by communicating with people of very different ages. Participants at the event represented more or less every single age group.
# 4: Each participant contributed to lunch
Innovative about this event was also that every participant contributed to lunch. I was happy to experience that hat the Danish meatballs, I had prepared, were consumed after just ½ hour 😉
# 5: Several innovative initiatives represented
There were many great initiatives represented at the event. And communicating with participants, I became even more aware of the extraordinary creative potential that human beings have for developing new solutions that create value for people. Want to train your creativity yourself? Why not try out one or more of these creativity exercises?