about the

thought for food
global summit

Thought For Food (TFF) is the world’s leading platform for Next Generation Innovation and Collaboration to address global food and nutrition security.

Our movement brings together bold, unconventional thinkers and doers from all disciplines and parts of the globe, who are dedicated to developing breakthrough solutions to one of the biggest questions facing our future:

how do we feed
9+ billion people
by 2050?

At this year’s TFF Global Summit, we’re going all-in to explore some of the important trends and disruptions affecting #whatsnext in the world. Over the course of two days, you’ll experience thought-provoking keynotes, interactive Next-Gen Assemblies, energizing ways to connect with fellow changemakers, and inspirational pitches from the the 10 TFF Challenge Finalist Teams.

Expect to explore big topics with interdisciplinary approaches and real world impact. C-suite executives sitting right next to disruptive innovators and entrepreneurs; Researchers and students sharing their work with leading experts; Everyone collaborating to address critical areas in transition:

  • Growing Cities
  • The Biological Era
  • Sustainable Proteins
  • Inclusive Business & New Economic Models
  • Next Generation Values & Ways of Working
  • Appropriate Tech for Smallholder Farmers
  • And more!

Through our Next-Gen Assemblies, we’re creating meaningful interactions that build bridges across sectors, disciplines and generations. All speakers are participants and all participants are speakers. And we’re all working together towards tangible outcomes. You’ll have the chance to take part in:

  • Makerspaces & Wet Labs
  • Playground Demo Space
  • Challenge Clinics
  • Hackathons
  • Honesty Circle Focus Groups
  • What’s Nexxxt Evocative Talks
  • Live Podcasts
  • Salon Debates

This is not a futurist conference, and it is certainly unlike any other food & agriculture events you’ll attend this year.

A mash up of the best parts of SXSW, WEF and Burning Man, the TFF Global Summit is THE world’s meeting place for up-and-coming food system innovators and established players to share their latest insights and learn from each other in order to transform the future. We guarantee an energizing and impactful experience that will inspire you to think and act in radically new ways about the world’s most important issues.

Don’t miss out on your chance to take part!

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meet the


Guillaume Charny-Brunet
Chief Innovation Officer
Tim O'Reilly
Founder & CEO
O'Reilly Media
Christine Gould
Founder & CEO
Thought For Food Foundation
Ellen de Brabander
SVP R&D Nutrition PepsiCo
Interim CEO EIT Food
Koert van Mensvoort
Next Nature Network
“You’ll hear it here first.” If you’re interested in understanding the latest breakthroughs in areas such as synthetic biology, cellular agriculture, vertical farming, logistics or agtech; or if you want to know more about new foods and appropriate solutions for smallholders; or if you want to get a view into the developing business and innovation models shaping the future of food and ag, the TFF Summit is the place for you.
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day one
friday, may 26
08:00 09:30Registration
09:30 10:45
 Welcome & Program Overview
 What's Next: Innovation
 What's Next: Economy
 What's Next: Nature
 What's Next: Business
10:45 11:00
11:00 12:00What’s Next: TFF
 Learn about our revamped TFF Global Challenge & Bootcamp, hear updates from last year’s prize winners.
 Introduction to Next-Gen Assemblies
 Co-create solutions in our unique approach where every speaker is a participant, every participant is a speaker: Maker Labs, Challenge Clinics, Test-a-thons, Failure Fests, Honesty Circles, Live Podcasts, Discussion Panels, What’s Nexxxt Talks, Playground & more.
12:00 13:00
13:00 17:00
Next-Gen Assemblies
 Explore the frontiers of food & ag, and the world: Creating Biofutures, Impactful Communities by Design, Women in Ag, Open Sourcing Business, Experimental City Labs, Synthetic Meat, Blockchain in Ag, & more.
17:00 17:15Wrap Up & Cool Down
17:30 18:30
Extraordinary Dinner
day two
saturday, may 27
09:00 09:30Daybreaker Morning Rave
 Better than coffee!
09:30 10:30
 What’s Next: Leadership
 Power of the Next Generation
10:30 10:45
10:45 12:00
 5 TFF Global Challenge Finalists
12:00 13:00
13:00 14:15
 5 TFF Global Challenge Finalists
14:15 14:30
14:30 16:00
Pop-up Pitch Room
 10 Additional Next-Gen Startup Pitches
14:30 16:00
Changemaker Masterclasses
 Building Your Personal Brand, Mastering Social Media, Becoming Ridiculously Efficient, Hacking Growth, Raising Capital, Building All-Star Partnerships.
16:00 16:30
16:30 17:00
Announcing the Prize Winners
 $30,000 up for grabs
17:00 17:30Closing Keynote + Surprise Guest
17:30 02:00
Dinner & Celebration
 Afterparty with TFF Resident DJs Puerto & Maloney
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tff challenge finalists

This year we have more prizes than ever up for grabs!

The Top 10 TFF Challenge Finalists represent cutting-edge innovations in food & ag from university students around the world. Selected from nearly 500 applications from 1000+ universities in 129 countries, these teams are competing for a prize pool totaling more than $30,000 USD.


Using discarded fruits and vegetables to create a dried, nutrient-rich food which can be used in disaster relief situations and as a solid fuel source. Universiti Putra Malaysia


A thermo-dehydrator for vegetables and fruits powered by bio-waste to prolong the shelf-life of produce from two days to two years. Makerere U; Uganda Technical College- Elgon; Kyambogo U

Ligno Flava

Sustainable, low-cost, natural vanilla production from food waste that can replace chemical flavorings. University of Brawijaya

Growing Future

An information and agro-commerce platform that facilitates direct sales between small farmers and consumers, leveraging open data to analyze market trends. Jorge Tadeo Lozano; Universidad de Los Andes; Universidad Sergio Arboleda

From Challenge to Opportunity

Creating an affordable fertilizer from seaweed for farmers, and using the leftover pulp to make nutritious cookies for malnourished children. Gujarat Technological U; The Institution Of Engineers (INDIA); EPFL (Switzerland)

Dairy FIT

Combining the power of machine learning and data analytics technologies to predict cattle behaviour and genomic tendencies, with an aim to improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of intensively-farmed animals. Colorado State University

Climate Edge

A low-cost weather station and online monitoring system that provides targeted recommendations for smallholder farmers in tropical climates. Imperial College London

BlueGreen Nexus

A floating greenhouse that uses passive solar energy to distill ocean water into freshwater, creating a land, water and energy-neutral form of scaleable urban agriculture. Sterling College; Savannah College of Art & Design; Green Mountain College


A bioparticle that degrades pesticides into safe by-products in a matter of hours, allowing farmers to better control when they harvest crops. University of Virginia


An investment platform enabling collaborative projects between Agribusiness (Agri), Young Investors (Yo) and Landowners (Lo). HEC Paris

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the netherlands

The Netherlands is consistently ranked as one of the most innovative countries in the world, and is a hub for cutting-edge research, top universities and interesting new startups. Amsterdam´s cultural and social life is so varied and extensive - there are world-class museums, restaurants, theatres and concert halls, as well as so many unique cultural experiences. The canals and historic neighbourhoods make for a beautiful, impressive environment to live and work in.

Our venue is the industrial landmark De Kromhouthal, located on the water in one of the city´s most creative hotspots.

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