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Using Digital Skills to Solve Agri-Food Challenges: Foodathon 2023

Junior Achievement Network has a long-standing expertise in delivering Innovation Camps to address different business challenges. This challenge presents the methodology employed in organizing an Innovation Camp specifically designed for secondary school students, with a primary focus on promoting creativity and problem-solving in the context of climate mitigation, with an emphasis on utilising digital skills. The camp serves as an immersive learning experience aimed at cultivating innovative thinking, problem-solving skills, and collaboration among the participants. By providing a structured framework, interactive workshops, and hands-on activities, the camp creates an environment conducive to active learning and the exploration of new ideas.  

The Foodathon as an intensive Innovation Camp aims to raise awareness among young generations of the significant challenges facing our food systems today, to help young talent gain entrepreneurial skills and acquire the confidence to become potential future entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector.  As part of DigiEduHack, students are encouraged to leverage their digital skills to address this challenge.

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Who can join?
Secondary students
VET students
Specific conditions to apply


08 - 10 NOV 2023
Register by 09 OCT
from Belgium
Individual Competences

Challenge and goals

Connect Students from Africa and Europe to come up with innovative ideas for the Agri-Food sector utilising digital skills.

  • 300 students to participate
  • 50 teams
  • 15 countries
Expectations and requirements for the solutions and participants

High school students between 15 to 18 Years old.

110 teams from 30 countries from Africa and Europe. Each team composed of 4 to 8 students, a teacher and an educator.

Good level of English.

Available Support

Online resources

Mentorship online 

Digital tools (Mural / Sharepoint repository / Submittable)


  • 10 November 2023 09h30 CET

    Tech Check
    Students connect a bit earlier to check the camera and microphone.
  • 10 November 2023 10h00 CET

    With Sophie Norman, Diana Filip from JA Europe and Maarten van der Kamp from EIT Food
  • 10 November 2023 10h15 CET

    Introducing the teams
    Video with the 10 selected teams to present their ideas.
  • 10 November 2023 10h30 CET

    Pitch Presentation
    10 teams will present their solutions and answer questions from the judges.
  • 10 November 2023 11h45 CET

    Award Ceremony
    Winner's announcement of the Foodathon 2023.


Julenne King-Concension
Kirsty Christie
Laurenz Sousa Weber
Pietro Ferrero
Rocco Papandrea
Carlos Abundancia
Eva María Morote Martín
Giancarlo La Pietra
Debora Serra
Valerio Rossi
Chiara Romorini
Elizabeth Domingues


Mario Roccaro
Mario Roccaro
Kofi Essuman
Kofi Essuman
CEO at GS1 Ghana
Laura Fernández Celemín
Laura Fernández Celemín
Director General EUFIC
Zippy Ondisa Shiyoya
Zippy Ondisa Shiyoya
Director at Institute of Packaging Professionals Kenya
Joseph Nyongesa
Joseph Nyongesa
Chief Executive Institute of Packaging Professionals Kenya
Riccardo Passerini
Riccardo Passerini
Partner EY - CPR Market Segment and Supply Chain and Operations Leader
Mari Larsen Sæther
Mari Larsen Sæther
Business Developer at Carrot
Vincenzo Lorusso
Vincenzo Lorusso
Policy Officer, International Cooperation - European Commission


Tickets to Gen-E 2024 - including flights and accommodation

Gen-E is Europe’s largest Entrepreneurship Festival, combining two annual European entrepreneurship contests — the JA Company and the JA Start-Up Programme.

Gen-E is the European celebration of entrepreneurship and the achievements of European students, where the finalists will showcase their cutting–edge business ideas and will be competing for the titles of best Company and best Start-Up of the Year.


Gen-E 2024 is taking place in Catania, Italyon 2-4 July 2024

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