FoodInno: Hacking the Future of Food
Fall 2016, UC Berkeley
First class: 185 Barrows
This course will offer students a unique, interdisciplinary and immersive opportunity to re-think food system issues while meeting local food entrepreneurs, developing food business skills, and working closely with their peers. This decal will introduce students to the multitude of issues that different food innovators face in their work, as well as offer students a fast-paced outlet to convene and ideate. Through collaboration in small teams, students will gain applicable real-life entrepreneurial skills of prototyping, teamwork, and leadership. While ‘hacking’ with their fellow students, students will work closely with food professionals in concentrated skill-based sessions focused on subjects such as branding, marketing, pitching, and more. In addition, students will be mentored by the decal facilitators throughout their hacking process. Finally, each student group will get the chance to present their projects to a panel of judges and compete for prizes! While most of the class will be in the format of collaborative learning, interspersed between hackathon sessions will be fun field trips and speakers designed to engage and the open the minds of everyone in the class!
The class is structured in two parts. One part will be structured as a mini hackathon, separated into four classes: the first will consist of the prompt introduction, the second and third will be dedicated hacking time for the students, with a thirty minute, skill-based workshop from a local food entrepreneur and one hour of the hacking, and the fourth will be team presentations. The other part of our decal will consist of guest lectures or field trips.
Required Readings: TBD
This class is 1 unit graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis.
Attendance and Grading:
Attendance is MANDATORY! This class is almost entirely based on student effort, passion, and attendance/participation. Therefore, students may only miss 1 classes (unexcused absence). Missing more without previous notice will result in an automatic NO PASS. Any special circumstances should be discussed with the facilitator PRIOR to the date of the absence.
Your final grade will be composed of four things:
Pitch from first project. Projects will be graded on coherence, effort and completion. Students will be given a rubric during the first prompt 1 hacking session. Students will be given feedback from a panel of judges and the winning team will be awarded a prize.
Students will write a 1-2 page report about their experience in the class. (More details will be disclosed closer to due date.)
Pitch from second project. Projects will be graded on coherence, effort and completion. Students will be given a rubric during the first prompt 2 hacking session. Students will be given feedback from a panel of judges and the winning team will be awarded a prize.
The class blog will be updated weekly after each class, summarizing class activities. If interested, students will have the opportunity to write guest posts on the class blog about their experience in the class.
Week 1 (09/06): Introduction (Annie Svigals and Sandeep Pahuja, IDEO)
Week 2 (09/13): Prompt 1 (Kristen Rasmussen, Rooted Food and UCB Nutritional Science)
Week 3 (09/20): 30 min speaker + 1.5 hour hacking
Week 4 (09/27): 30 min speaker + 1.5 hour hacking (Andrew Chau, Boba Guys)
Week 5 (10/04): Midterm
Week 6 (10/11): Guest Lecturer/Field Trip
Week 7 (10/18): Guest Lecturer/Field Trip
Week 8 (10/25): Prompt 2 (Nick Cho, Wrecking Ball)
Week 9 (11/01): 30 min speaker + 1.5 hour hacking (Alice Agogino, UCB Mechanical Engineering)
Week 10 (11/08): 30 min speaker + 1.5 hour hacking (Soh Kim, Executive Director of Food Design Research at Stanford University)
Week 11 (11/15): Final
Week 12 (11/22): THANKSGIVING BREAK
Week 13 (11/29): Potluck + Course Reflection
*Topics are subject to change.