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Front Nutr. 2018 Oct 22;5:96. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2018.00096. eCollection 2018.

Translating Science Into Business Innovation: The Case of Open Food and Nutrition Data Hackathons.

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1
Chair of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, College of Management, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2
Haute École Pédagogique du Canton de Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Abstract

In this article, we explore the use of hackathons and open data in corporations' open innovation portfolios, addressing a new way for companies to tap into the creativity and innovation of early-stage startup culture, in this case applied to the food and nutrition sector. We study the first Open Food Data Hackdays, held on 10-11 February 2017 in Lausanne and Zurich. The aim of the overall project that the Hackdays event was part of was to use open food and nutrition data as a driver for business innovation. We see hackathons as a new tool in the innovation manager's toolkit, a kind of live crowdsourcing exercise that goes beyond traditional ideation and develops a variety of prototypes and new ideas for business innovation. Companies then have the option of working with entrepreneurs and taking some the ideas forward.

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business innovation; hackathons; nutrition data; open data; open innovation

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