World Food Forum 2024 Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste (US$3,500 Funding)

World Food Forum 2024 Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste (US$3,500 Funding)

World Food Forum 2024 Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste (US$3,500 Funding)

Applications are now open for the 2024 World Food Forum Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste. The Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste is designed to engage passionate individuals in developing innovative, community-based solutions to combat food waste. Participants will collaborate, receive mentorship and refine their proposals through several stages, culminating in actionable initiatives that can significantly reduce food waste within their communities. 

Teams and individuals interested in participating can submit preliminary proposals in English, which will be reviewed by a diverse panel of evaluators from WFF, KidsforSDGs, and technical experts. The top 15 proposals will be selected for inclusion in the hackathon. Organisers will pair each project with a mentor from a pool of food waste experts from within and outside the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Mentors will conduct two live online sessions with participants before the hackathon to help refine their projects and pitches.

The online hackathon will feature participants pitching their projects to hackathon judges in breakout rooms. After the hackathon, contestants will revise and resubmit their proposals, including a detailed budget. These will then be re-assessed by the same judges, who will select the top five final projects based on the improvements made.. These participants will receive further mentoring to prepare for live pitch presentations at the 2024 WFF flagship event in Rome.


At the WFF flagship event, finalists will showcase their proposals to a new panel of final judges and a live audience, competing for the chance to be one of two winning projects, with prizes ranging from USD 500 to 3500.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Young people who genuinely care about solving food waste concerns and who are dedicated to having a positive influence on their community are eligible for this chance.
  • A candidate must be between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five when the live pitch is made. Participants may submit their initial suggestions individually or in groups of up to five.


The hackathon is structured in multiple stages to ensure comprehensive support and development of participants’ proposals:

Submission of Applications (June 3-30, 2024):

  • Young individuals or teams (up to five members) aged 18-35 can submit preliminary proposals online.
  • Proposals will be reviewed based on creativity, feasibility, impact, and scalability.

Selection of Participants (July 1-9, 2024):

  • A panel of evaluators from WFF, KidsforSDGs, and technical experts will select the top 15 proposals.
  • Selected participants will receive instructions for pre-hackathon mentorship and hackathon day.

Pre-Hackathon Mentorship (July 10-24, 2024):

  • Each project is paired with a mentor from a pool of food waste experts.
  • Two live online mentorship sessions will be conducted to help participants shape their projects and refine their pitches.

Hackathon (Week of July 29, 2024):

  • Participants will pitch their projects to hackathon judges in breakout rooms.
  • Judges will provide immediate feedback and select the final five projects for further development.

Proposal Improvement and Re-Submission (Post-Hackathon to August 11, 2024):

  • Contestants will revise their proposals based on feedback, including a detailed budget.

Selection of Top Five Finalists (August 12-25, 2024):

  • The same panel of judges will re-assess proposals and select the top five projects.
  • Finalists will receive additional mentoring to prepare for live pitch presentations.

Post-Hackathon Mentorship (August 26, 2024, to WFF Flagship Event):

  • Finalists will continue refining their proposals with mentor support.

Live Pitch Presentations and Winner Selection (October 2024, WFF Flagship Event):

  • Finalists present their pitches to a new panel of judges and a live audience.
  • Two winning projects will be awarded prizes between USD 500 and 3,500.

Application Criteria

Applicants’ proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Creative and novel solutions to food waste challenges.
  • Feasibility: Detailed implementation plans demonstrating practicality and resourcefulness.
  • Impact: Addressing specific food waste issues in their communities with a clear vision for potential results.
  • Scalability: Potential for growth beyond the initial implementation phase, adaptability to different settings, and sustainability.
  • A structured evaluation framework ensures thorough and fair assessment, guiding the selection of proposals poised to make a meaningful impact on combating food waste at a community scale.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

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