Your Frequently Asked Questions

1. Sounds cool! But what's a Hackathon?

The present Hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon” where participants create a team and collaborate to solve a problem. Every team, fighting against the clock, will develop a business idea/project concerning food challenges, and compete for a position in a high-level training program in leading European Universities. Our Hackathon is focused on the Food system and ideas that may impact this sector, so, in reality, it's going to be a "Foodathon"

2. Why should I participate in the Foodathon?

The Foodathon is a creative environment where teams are intensively supported and oriented. The Foodathon will be an immersive, competitive, and stimulating experience. During the Foodathon you will be able to boost and diversify your career path, creating new networks and improving your competences/skills.

3. What's the timeline of the whole project?

Here's the timeline:

  • The Call opened on the 2nd of January 2019 and is now closed.
  • Appliers will be notified with the results of the selection: selected participants will receive an invitation  for the Foodathon.
  • The Foodathon will take place in Leuven, Belgium, in March 2019, during a three-day weekend.
  • At the end of the Foodathon the winning teams will be selected and rewarded with an invitation to the high-level training in June 2019.
  • The Training will start in June 2019

4. Which professional qualifications are required to apply?

We are looking for talented Postdocs from diverse backgrounds in order to maximize the process of knowledge sharing: e.g., engineers, developers, designers, and business and communication experts as well as Startups and teams with active projects in the Agri-food and food sector.
Post-Doctoral Fellow: must be, at the date of the call deadline, in possession of a doctoral degree or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

5. Can also talents of the industry of the food sector participate?

Of course! Talents having a PhD certificate or with more than a four-year experience in Research and Innovation (R&I) department of a private food sector organisation can participate.

6. How big are the teams?

Teams may contain 3-5 people. Every team is a fully-functional innovative unit: that's why we will have a team-formation session before the Foodathon to help you find the right people to work with.

7. I already have a team, can my partners join this Foodathon with me?

If you have partners, or colleagues you'd like to include in your Foodathon team, please encourage them to apply. Each Postdoc must apply

individually. We believe that new networks and brand-new visions will fuel your ideas, therefore we encourage you to work with new people.

8. If I’m and individual Postdoc, how do I find the right team for me?

The applying process to EIT Food Innovator Fellowship will guide you through the description of yourself and your competencies: that's the pivot to trace the ideal potential team around you, so that you can make the best use of your skills. Moreover, we'll give you the proper tools to identify the different profiles and to allocate you to potential teams.

So, if you don't have a team before coming to the Foodathon, there's no need to worry: we'll offer you a potential team/s around you before the hacking session kicks off.

9. What about my idea and intellectual copyrights?

Your idea is a key-asset and you want to take care of it, for sure. So do we.

The intellectual property rights of the initial idea and the work created by the teams during the Foodathon will be 100% property of the creators. No doubt about it.

As a consequence of a brilliant project proposal, the EIT Food Innovator Fellowship may contact the winning participants to further advance their innovative idea

10. How much does it cost?

This is a fully funded fellowship, so you'll be provided with accommodation & board during the entire Foodathon, and the subsequent Training. Participants are responsible for organizing their own travel arrangements for the Foodathon. Note that the travel expenses incurred for the Foodathon including airfare, train and bus tickets will be reimbursed up to a maximum amount of 300,00 Euro. Any costs exceeding this maximum allowance of 300,00 Euro will be at the participant’s own expense.

11. I am currently unemployed, can I still participate in the EIT Food Innovator Fellowship?

Yes, you can! If you have a PhD or more than 4 years proven R&I experience but you are currently looking for a new job opportunity you can still apply to the EIT Food Innovator Fellowship.

12. I like this project: when can I apply?


The call is closed.

13. How many participants will join the Foodathon?

We aim to select 50 participants for the Foodathon.

14. How will I know if I've been selected for the Foodathon?

You will be notified via email by using the email address you provided during the application process. This notification will be sent via email. Make sure that the e-mail address provided is correctly written.

15. When and where will the Foodathon take place?

The Foodathon will take place in Leuven, Belgium, starting the 22nd and finishing 24th of March 2019, during a three-day weekend.

16. Where shall I eat, drink and sleep during the Foodathon?

Lack of food at a Foodathon would be ironic, wouldn't it? Nothing to worry about! Food will always be available in abundance: breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided throughout the event. Drinks, snacks, and coffee will be available 24 hours a day to fit and support everyone's creative biorhythms. Finally, accommodations will be ready to welcome you!

17. What shall I bring with me to the Foodathon?

We recommend bringing your laptop, chargers, mobile phone, and any hardware, software, tool, and the devices you plan on using to develop your idea. We also recommend bringing a power bank just in case. Everything else you might need will be provided on site.

Last but not least, you're expected to bring a great willingness to innovate the Food sector.

18. How will each team be judged?

The Foodathon will be a fruitful and creative environment where your team will develop an innovative and viable idea: at the end of this intense process, your team will be asked to present (pitch) the elaborated idea to an expert panel for evaluation. At the end of the Foodathon, the names of the winning teams will be communicated onsite. Furthermore, the winners will be invited to participate in the subsequent high-level training in June.

19. Will I receive a Certificate for participating to the Foodathon?

Yes, EIT Food will gladly provide a certificate of completion to all the participants who attended the entire Foodathon.

20. Can you give me more information about the Training?

If you're curious about the training, it means you think you and your team will win the Foodathon; we like your attitude!

This training will begin in June 2019 and it will be the result of the joint action of our partner organizations. The objective of this training is to have your project proposal fully finalized.

21. How much does the Training cost?

As well as for the Foodathon, during the training you'll be provided with accommodation and board.

In addition, the selected teams attending the training will be supported in the travel expenses. The training will be at no cost.

Furthermore, your absence from your R&I activities during the training will be supported by a mechanism which will pay a lump sum to the organization where you are currently affiliated.

22. How long will the Training last?

The training will be tailor-made. The insights of the training will be fine-tuned according to the skills that the winning teams will need to further develop, and the training session will be modulated in consonance with their starting level of competence.

A preliminary calendar showing the core sessions’ timeline will be provided soon.

23. I have more questions, who can I contact?

 Please feel free to contact us and write to . We'll reply promptly.

Partner organizations

EIT Food ivzw, Ubicenter A Philipssite 5, 3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium