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Hacking Hunger Milwaukee

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400 West Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53203

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A challenge focused on innovation and collaboration in the areas of food waste, food access and food literacy in Milwaukee and beyond.

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88Nine Labs presented by Northwestern Mutual is proud to host Hacking Hunger MKE in partnership with Maker Faire Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, and MIAD.

Students, programmers, marketers, entrepreneurs, designers, and anyone interested in tackling these issues are invited to take part in Hacking Hunger MKE.

Hacking Hunger MKE will take place at Maker Faire Milwaukee, which will be hosted at the Wisconsin Center.

What is Hacking Hunger MKE?

Focused on food innovation and collaboration, this challenge brings together industry leaders and students in technology, design, marketing and business with the brightest and most ambitious ideas to tackle the most pressing challenges in food waste, food access and food literacy. We welcome all ideas that push the boundaries of food innovation and make not only Wisconsin, but the world, a better, more sustainable place.

Focus Areas For The Challenge

You can find more details at https://radiomilwaukee.org/hackinghunger

Food Waste

Every year, 1.1 billion pounds of food goes to waste in Wisconsin via farmers, grocers, restaurants, industrial or residential. The rise and acceptance of imperfect food has helped with food waste reduction, but with a meal gap of 1 in 7 households in Wisconsin being hungry we believe more food can be diverted from the landfill to people’s dinner plate.

Food Access

Every year, a total of 46.1 million American’s are food insecure and live below the poverty line (<$25,000/ annually) - that's one in eight – who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. In Milwaukee County the ratio is even more stark being 1 in 4 households (157,770 households), where children are present. The Federal government spends $51 billion annually on feeding programs such as food share, free school breakfast and lunch and specialty programs like free formula and cereal through the Women Infant and Children Program (WIC).

The problem is that people who need the food services often don’t know about them, have transportation to get to them or qualify for them.

Food Literacy

Evidence shows that the most economically disadvantaged are more at risk of experiencing health disparities than those with greater economic means. One in ten American adults have Type II diabetes – with 1 in 4 with A1c levels greater than nine are food insecure, while 7 in 10 food insecure families have to choose between paying for food verses medical care.

The problem is a lack of food and emotional eating has become a chronic public health concern, specifically among clients in need.

About Maker Faire Milwaukee

Maker Faire Milwaukee is co-hosted by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace, in collaboration with MAKE magazine.

Maker Faires are family-friendly events that welcome makers – tech enthusiasts, inventors, crafters, educators, tinkerers and hobbyists of all ages – to exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills with other makers and with the community. Maker Faires also showcase the “maker movement”, a growing global community of do-it-yourselfers that is pushing the boundaries of creativity, product development and manufacturing through technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

About Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Wisconsin's largest hunger-relief organization, serving 36 counties in eastern Wisconsin. Together we can solve hunger. A member of Feeding America.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a food bank that works with hunger relief partners to distribute food to 377,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. We have facilities in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. Our mission is to solve hunger.

About MIAD

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is Wisconsin’s only four-year, private college of visual art and design, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Design, and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts.

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Who can participate?

Anyone older than 18 is welcome to be a part of Hacking Hunger MKE.

Do I need a team?

You can come with a team, come alone and find a team, or just build by yourself the whole weekend. However, teams are limited up to six people.

What should I bring?

Please bring anything you think you need to develop a successful idea. We recommend bringing a laptop, chargers, notepads, pens, etc.

Will there be prizes?

We are currently working on collecting prizes for the hackathon.

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