How to prepare for the challenge?
No prior preparation will be required. We only ask that all individuals have a think before they come about: i) food issues that are important to them; ii) food issues they think young people should be educated about; and, iii) their previous experience with digital education. All students will be working in teams with peers and mentors, so enthusiasm and communication skills will be key!
Why is it important to find a solution to this challenge?
In an increasingly digital world, it is important to find new and innovative digital means to engage the next generation effectively to increase their engagement, knowledge and value of food. This will help ensure the longevity and prosperity of the European Agri-Food industry in addition to empowering the next generation to make more informed food choices in relation to health, nutrition, sustainability etc.
What is the possible impact of a good solution?
Encouraging young audiences to engage with food has the potential to create future generations who understand and value food; individuals who are more likely to make better decisions in the future regarding what they eat. It is unclear what the best strategies are for engaging young people in these discussions, but with the ubiquity of digital devices, internet access and online content among this population, digital education must be considered as a significant opportunity for engagement. The digital education solution developed as a result of the #DigiEduHackBelfast will be assessed by experts in the area for feasibility and acceptability and, if successful, could be brought forward into practice by these individuals in the future.
What is the expected outcome of this challenge?
The winning concept from the sessions with students will be presented to digital education experts in Australia for an international perspective and to representatives from education, academia and industry, including the food and digital sector, to contextualise the solution and to assess the applicability of the concept.