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25 Mar

Policy innovation initiative Hackathon: Food for Thought

March 13, 2018 | By |

Join us for the student-led Policy innovation initiative’s annual hackathon on food security issues in an urban setting.

Food for Thought

Our “Food for Thought” hackathon will explore and pose solutions to some of the most difficult food security issues in an urban setting. It will be an opportunity to apply design thinking, create impact creatively, learn and connect with multi-disciplinary experts. The hackathon will focus on three key issues:

  • Institutional Food Procurement: How might we encourage healthy and sustainable food procurement in public institutions?
  • Food Literacy: How might we strengthen food literacy for at-risk populations in urban centres?
  • Home-based Food Businesses: How might we support urban home-based food businesses?

Participants will tackle the challenges in teams composed of diverse skills and experiences, and will be joined by our Keynote Speaker Lori Stahlbrand (Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council) and Challenge Leaders, including Adeline Cohen (OpenLab, Urban Farm Project, UHN) and Reg Noble (Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University), to provide guidance during the hackathon.

The hackathon is open to all graduate students, including public policy, urban planning, public health, as well as public servants and those passionate to make changes through policy.

Read more about our hackathon last year and our ongoing work here.


Sunday March 25, 2018

9:00 AM Reception with breakfast
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Hackathon
Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

Please bring your laptop and reusable water bottle.


CG160, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Cres W, Toronto, ON M5S 3K9

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Thank you to the School of Public Policy & Governance, Petersen Fund, and the Graduate Student Union at University of Toronto for helping make this event possible.

The Policy innovation initiative (Pii) unpacks what it truly means to be innovative in designing and implementing policy. Our vision is to develop a new generation of public policy leaders and professionals with enhanced capacity to address existing and future policy challenges that require ever-evolving, multi-disciplinary, and innovative thinking.

We are a student-led initiative housed within the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto and is supported by both the Peterson Fund and the School of Public Policy & Governance.