Our mission at the FoodInno Institute is to build a collaborative environment of food innovators from all walks of life. FoodInno is a community that connects students, educators, chefs, food start-ups, farmers, and food policy makers to design the next food experience together.


Connected Food Futures

Food has long linked us to our environments and to others. Now, from farm to table, technological innovation is making the global food system increasingly connected and complex. At the 2018 FoodInno Symposium, we will cultivate connections across the food supply chain to design collaborative solutions to food system challenges  Our 100+ attendees represent the most innovative and creative individuals in our food chain including farmers, chefs, designers, entrepreneurs, academics, and more from all across the world. We will gather to co-create the future of a connected food system.


Subject to change. Check often for updates. 

Lunch, snacks, drinks, and cocktail reception will be provided by FoodInno.


MAY 17, 2018


8:30-10:00 AM Registration + Breakfast

10:00-10:10 AM Opening Remarks

10:10-10:45 AM Opening keynote by Lars Williams (Noma, Empirical Spirits)

10:45-11:00 AM Food as Design and Culture

11:00-11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30-12:30 PM Cross-Disciplinary Food Innovation

12:30-1:00 PM Ethical Sourcing

1:00-2:00 PM Lunch

2:00-3:00 PM Breakout Session I

3:00-3:30 PM Networking Break

3:30-4:30 PM Breakout Session II

4:30-5:00 PM Ending Keynote by Lauren Shimek (Food.Tech.Design)

5:00-7:00 PM Cocktail Reception

 Judith Williams

Lars Williams

Co-founder, Empirical Spirits 

Former Head of R&D, Noma

 Emily Torres


Founder & CEO, Food.Tech.Design

 Judith Green


Founder, ChiToFu Food Design Program 

 Daniel Smith

Daniel Press

Professor, UC Santa Cruz


 Jeremy Aiko

Dara Silverstein

Sustainable Food Program Manager, Stanford University


 Ann Bastien

Steve Jones

Director, The Bread Lab, Washington State University

 Kimberly Johnson

Mai Nguyen

Farmer, Sonoma Grain Collaborative 

 Nicole Gupta

Kim Wejendorp

Sous Chef, Amass Restaurant

 William Sanchez

Brandon Jew

Head Chef & Owner, Mister Jiu's


 Phyllis Manalad

Nora Dunning

Chef, Drip Line Oakland

 AKA Coffee
 Jeremy Gonzalez
 Jacqueline Torres
 Elizabeth Liu
 William Lee
 Laura Liu


Blum Center for Developing Economics

Haviland Rd, Berkeley, CA 94709


Sohyeong Kim
Executive Director of Food Design Research

Hailey Zhou