The Hack For Food

June 1st

The Haynes Building Room 200 @ AB-Tech


Saturday, June 1st 9am - 9pm

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Hack for Food!

The event is a part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, and it is called "Hack for Food." It is a hackathon sponsored by Code for Asheville,

There will be outdoor activities (a picnic, an optional fruit tree planting) as well as indoor hacking for coders and non-coders. (There is also a "Meet and Greet" event the night before at Mojo Coworking.)

EVERYONE who attends the event will get $100 of Amazon web services credits. How cool is that? That is quite a return on the $10 ticket price. Food (breakfast snacks,lunch, and dinner) and Beverages provided

The first 50 people get T-shirts (and swag bag)!


  • Locally raised meat from Warren Wilson College
  • Boxes of local organic veggies from New Sprout Organic Farms
  • Coffee from Counter Culture


  • Your hack must meet one of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council goals listed here.
  • You must have fun!

But I can't hack!

If you can use excel you can hack so join the Hack for Food and you will be placed on a team working on one of the goals listed here. You don't need to be tech savvy to participate. We want anyone who wants to help or learn!

Food expert?

This is your chance to work with tech experts to help accomplish one of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council goals

Tech expert?

This is your chance to work with food experts to help accomplish one of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council goals

Need Ideas?

  1. Find and locate the best City owned property to create a community garden.
  2. Create a web application to tell other community gardeners when a community garden needs weeding, feeding, watering, or harvesting.
  3. Create an infographic that examines the lack access to nutritious foods for some neighborhoods in Buncombe County.
  4. Create a more streamlined technology-based method to apply for food stamps.
  5. Develop a mobile app to alert people to mobile food markets.
  6. Here are some ideas from a food hackathon in San Fransisco in April Food Hackathon!
  7. Use an existing OpenSource applicaion like snapfresh
  8. Or come up with your own using DATA from City of Asheville Data Catalog or gitHub
  9. Data from National Day of Civic Hacking
  10. API'S from National Day of Civic Hacking
  11. Data and API's from USDA

Need Data?

  1. City of Asheville Data Catalog
  2. gitHub

Basic Goals of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council

  1. An inventory of local food resources;
  2. Identify and implement ways to increase local food production for local consumption;
  3. Identify ways to increase access for those who currently do not have it;
  4. Encourage locally grown food being served in City and County Schools;
  5. Develop a plan and implement it through public-private partnerships to ensure a minimum of a one week’s supply of emergency food for the entire county’s population in any season of the year;
  6. Identify economic development opportunities related to agriculture that will enable our region to become nutritionally self-sufficient and economically robust;
  7. Track progress toward increased food production, access, and agriculture-related economic development and to report it out to the public and to policy makers regularly;

Free Amazon Credits?

What can I do with my Amazon Credits?

  1. What is Amazon Web Services (AWS);
  2. What can I do with AWS;
  3. How do I get started with AWS;

What's a Hackathon?


Meet and Greet Social

Come have a beer, meet some fellow participants, and hear Gordon Smith introduce the event!

Location: Mojo Coworking
Date: May 31st
Time: 7pm-9pm

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Hack for Food

Please RSVP via Register

Location: Haynes Building Room 200 on the Enka Campus of AB-Tech
Date: June 1st
Time: 9am-9pm

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