Rethinking Local Food – International Online Hackathon

Ars Electronica & Linz Center Of Mechatronics Hackathon 2021 Edition

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From September 8 to September 12, 2021
Every registered participant for this Hackathon gets free access to the Online edtion of the Ars Electronica Festival 2021!
Submission Deadline: Sept. 7, 2021, 12 noon!


Agriculture requires innovations to increase both quantity and quality in production, but also to increase efficiency in resource management. It is necessary to reduce environmental impact and production costs, in a context of climate change and market globalization. Innovative re-organisation of food supply chains aiming at reconnecting producers and consumers and re-localising agricultural and food production are needed.

This year Ars Electronica in collaboration with LCM organizes a foresight technology Hackathon training which addresses challenges of the Agri-food industry to be faced by the world, global trends in specific sectors of the Agro industry, prospects for their development. The pandemic has pinpointed how vulnerable the food systems are. How can we create resilient food systems that ensure a supply of safe, accessible, local food for the people of a community? How can we use technologies, model-based approaches or knowledge engines to increase local, sustainable and ecological food production & distribution?


  • Developing prototypes
  • Promote partnerships through networking
  • Produce innovative products and tools to stimulate the use of open data and public resources to engage with new audiences
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Three Challenges = Three Teams = Three Research Groups

You can register for the Hackathon, for one of the three Research Groups, on the Ars Electronica Website. Please be aware that there are limited slots.
There will be six teams and each team will be composed of up to 5 members. The Hackathon will happen during the festival in the week of 08.-12.09.2021. The international teams will work individually on the creation of their prototype online. On the last day, each team will have 5 minutes to present their outcome. The final submission will be shown at our online Festival.

The Groups

Group 1

Challenge: Sharing knowledge for local and regional food production

Connect food producers and consumers in the same geographic region, to develop more self-reliant and resilient food networks; improve local economies; or to affect the health, environment, community, or society of a particular place.

Group 2

Challenge: Reducing Food Waste

Reducing food waste saves money, reduces hunger and protects our environment. Additionally, it has been identified as the first personal action to reducing carbon emissions

Group 3

Challenge: Reducing CO2 in Food Supply Chains

Bring Innovation and ecology closer to the Market

Who can participate?

This event is open to all specialist in the food industry, urbanist, data scientists, computer programmers, graphic, artists and interface designers, project managers and any other professionals. The participants have to be sure to have a good internet connection. Ars Electronica will assure the streaming of the different workshops with Swapcard. Each Team has to organize themselves according to their timezone suitable for hacking specially if they are international. The Final Results will be displayed at our online festival.

Why take part in the Hackathon?

  • Chance to learn new tools for your projects and research done by leading professionals in that field
  • Chance to connect with future partners, institutions and companies worldwide
  • Solving challenges and being part of actual discussions and coming up with ideas.
  • Have visibility and exposure of your work through our Festival with the presentation of the Hackathon Group Outcome
  • Receive free access to our online festival and a certification at the end

About LCM and Knowledge Engines

The Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM) is specialized in the integration of various technologies into one complete solution through the latest technologies from mechatronics, automation, digital product development, and artificial intelligence. The many years of experience and know-how lead at LCM to the successful development of new, networked, or autonomous systems.

One of LCM’s research areas is Knowledge Engines. Soon the digital knowledge economy will allow to have knowledge instantly available. Instead of looking for some expert to answer an individual question, this expert’s knowledge engine will answer it for you. Instead of looking for a professional to craft an individual design, the professional’s knowledge engine will show you a virtual prototype. The hackathon is part of LCM’s mechaton strand on piloting, testing and benchmarking technologies and concepts.


WED Sept. 8, 2021 9 AM – 11:30 AM duration: 150min Welcome, Group introduction, Brainstorming
THU Sept. 9, 2021 8 AM – 9:30 AM duration: 90min LCM morning coffee-storm (Mentoring/ Group Follow up)
THU Sept. 9, 2021 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM duration: 90min Hands-on Tools Chiara Farinea (IT), Home Kitchen: Designing With Coffee Waste
FRI Sept. 10, 2021 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM duration: 90min LCM morning coffee-storm (Mentoring/ Group Follow up)
FRI Sept. 10, 2021 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM duration: 120min Hands-on Tools Mariano Sardón (AR), About the Art of Data
SAT Sept. 11, 2021 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM duration: 90min LCM morning coffee-storm (Mentoring/ Group Follow up)
SAT Sept. 11, 2021 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM duration: 120min Hands-on Tools Ana Nešić (SB), Regional Food Management
SUN Sept. 12, 2021 12:00 AM- 2:00 PM duration: 120min Final Presentations on Swapcard

All times are CEST.

Register now

You can register for the Hackathon, for one of the three research groups, here:

Or send an email with in Subject „LCM HACKATHON REGISTRATION“ to Send a short motivation intention with your background, why you want to take part and your top group. You will receive a notification if you are selected for the Hackathon.


Chiara Farinea (IT) is an Italian architect and urban planner. She obtained her PhD in Urban Planning at IUAV (Venice), a Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC (Barcelona), the Architecture University Degree at Politecnico di Milano (Milan), and she studied one year in ETSAB (Barcelona) thanks to the Erasmus Programme. She is a member of the Association of Architects of Genova for more than ten years.
Her research focuses on environmental planning and design.Chiara Farinea is currently Head of European Projects at the Advanced Architecture Group Department at IAAC, her position includes being a coordinator and scientific personnel in several EU projects targeted at education, research, development and implementation and being faculty in IAAC educational programs. She has been contracted professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of Genoa during the academic year 2015-2016. Moreover, she is founding partner at Gr.IN Lab art group, exhibiting installations in 2015 at Venice Arsenale and Turin for the Italia-China Art Biennale.

Mariano Sardón (AR) born in Argentina. Artist. He studied Physics at the University of Buenos Aires. He’s professor of the Electronic Art Degree at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. He initially made paintings and installations with analog and digital technologies. Due to her studies in Art and Science, he investigated interactive design using digital technologies and contemporary scientific paradigms such as Artificial Intelligence, complex systems based on computational models. He made numerous transdisciplinary works between art and neuroscience in recent years. He obtained the ARCO prize for Electronic Arts 2019 at ARCO gallery Fair. He obtained the “Konex Prize” in Visual Art Category 2012 given by Konex Foundation, Buenos Aires. He obtained the “Experimentation prize in Non-traditional supports and video 2008” given
by Argentinean Association of Art Critics.

Ana Nešić (RS) is the founder of a platform „Small food producers of Serbia“ that helps connect food producers in rural areas with consumers in the larger cities. She has a background in marketing, content, sales, startups, and building online communities. Prior to starting up the local food platform, she was running a successful and popular food blog that helped her build initial influence among the public in Serbia. She’s on a mission to push Serbia towards more sustainable agriculture and food distribution practices

Johannes Klinglmayr (AT) studied mathematics in Vienna and Ann Arbor (USA) and obtained a PhD on the interface of self-organization between biological and technical systems (Klagenfurt, Göttingen (DE). Currently, Johannes works as project coordinator and in business and strategy development at Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH. He also is evaluator to the European Commission and EIT Manufacturing. Johannes addresses emerging dynamics in the interplay of new industrial, technological and social developments and its vision framing. In his interdisciplinary work, Johannes focuses on complexity reduction, self-organization and information handling with a strong emphasis on knowledge engines.