The application for Global Youth Hackathon on Food Waste is live now !

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.

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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.

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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.




  • In this culminating moment, finalists will showcase their proposals to a new panel of final judges and a live audience, competing for the opportunity to be one of two winning projects earning a prize of between USD 500 and 3 500 to help bring their visionary concepts to life.
  • Hackathon organizers will pair each project with a mentor out of a pool of food
    waste experts and professionals. Applicants will be connected with their mentors
    via email and provided with guidelines about the mentoring process.
  • Mentors will carry out two live online mentorship sessions with their participants
    prior to the hackathon day to help them further shape their projects and refine
    their pitches.
  • Finalists present their final pitches live to a new panel of final judges with
    expertise in food waste solutions.
  • Judges have a set amount of time to evaluate the presentations, confer and
    select two winners based on the quality and potential impact of their proposals.


The application aims to attract young people with a genuine passion for addressing food waste issues and a strong commitment to making a positive impact in their community.

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of the live pitch presentation and may submit their preliminary proposals as individuals or in groups of up to five members.

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Novelty, Creativity, Testability
  • Feasibility: Resource Management, Practicality, Sustainability
  • Impact: Quantifiable Impact, Community Engagement, Environmental Benefits
  • Scalability: Expansion Potential, Replicability, Integration with Existing Systems.
Eligible Regions: Global

Application Process

Applicants will express their interest by submitting preliminary proposals in a Microsoft Form either as a team or individual, through an open call on the WFF website and social media channels.

Application Deadline: June 29, 2024

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