INNOV-EAT Expedition

Trailblazing, failing and setting sail: A quest for food systems innovations

21 September 2023
21 September 2023
09:00 - 15:00 ET
The Forum, Columbia University - 125 St and Broadway, NYC

About The Event

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Join us through the far-reaches of food systems innovation.

In this event, we will embark on a trailblazing adventure, exploring ground breaking innovations and strategies to transform global food systems. Prepare to challenge the status quo and address the root causes of food system issues.

Innovation comes with its share of failures. We’ll celebrate the lessons learned from these missteps and embrace them as stepping stones on our path to success. Through engaging keynote presentations and panel discussions, we’ll openly share and learn from the failures that have paved the way for innovation.

The event will bring together experts from diverse backgrounds, uniting stakeholders across the food system, including youth. We aim to cultivate a community that champions systemic innovation and technology. By fostering collaboration, we strive to inspire action towards a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable food future.

Event objective

  • To showcase the latest technological innovations that can be used to transform food systems, and to demonstrate how these technologies can be leveraged to promote more sustainable practices.
  • To celebrate and learn from failures as valuable stepping stones towards success, and that have paved the way for innovations.
  • To facilitate dialogue and collaboration among diverse stakeholders across the food system and to cultivate a community that champions systemic innovation and technology
  • To share best practices, research findings, and case studies that highlight successful examples of systemic and technological innovation in food systems, and to showcase the positive impact that these innovations can have on the environment, society, and the economy.
  • To inspire and empower youth, individuals and organizations to embrace innovation and sustainable food systems
Time (EDT)
9:00 am - 9:30 am


9:30 am - 11:00 am

SESSION 1: Failures and Innovations

9:33 am - 9:44 am


Embracing failure to pave way for innovations

9:44 am - 9:52 am

Setting the scene

The need for innovations in food systems

9:52 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote

Innovating for the future of agriculture: No one-size-fits-all

10:00 am - 10:45 am

‘The Innovation Showdown’ – An interactive gameshow

A showcase of innovative products and technologies that are transforming the food industry

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Coffee break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

SESSION 2: Scaling up food systems innovations

11:30 am - 11:40 am

A quest for meta-innovations:

Breaking the scaling barrier for food systems transformation

12:30 am - 2:00 pm

Savor flavors of food innovations

A showcase of innovative and sustainable food products

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SESSION 3: Future of food systems

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Audience Q&A

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Co – hosts