OpenIDEO x UMJ: Re-imagining food systems IDEATION SESSION

London Chapter
Thu, Aug 6, 2020, 7:00 PM (BST)

About this event

About this event

How might we support communities and organisations to alleviate food poverty and eliminate food waste?

Food systems across the world are not functioning correctly, causing the opposing yet increasing problems of food waste and global food poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues, disrupting supply chains and driving thousands more people to food banks and hunger. OpenIDEO has partnered with Ultra Mega Jam to rethink food systems as sustainable, equitable and nourishing parts of global society.

Taking inspiration from the Food System Vision Prize (FSVP), we will be bringing together experts and innovators from the field to spotlight examples of creativity and resourcefulness on the subject. This will provide context for the ideation and development of your own ideas, resulting in a prototype at the end of the challenge.


Food systems affect all of us and collaboration is key to the success of good service design. We want to have voices from as many disciplines and stand-points as possible, but are particularly interested in those less commonly platformed. Whether you have experience of food poverty, a vested interest in food waste or are just moved by the issue, we’d love to have you join us.

This event is made up of two two-hour sessions.

The Zoom link will be provided by email - please arrive at 6.45pm for a prompt 7 pm start.

Our partner

Ultra Mega Jam (UMJ) is the bi-monthly design jam with a conscience. We are positive, purposeful and eco-conscious, bringing people together to hack the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Open to all abilities, experience levels and disciplines: if they won't tackle climate change from the top down, let's do it from the bottom up!

How does OpenIDEO Chapters work?

OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform to help people worldwide break barriers, find support, and iterate on the ideas of many to create real change.

Local Chapters host events to facilitate the development of fresh, scaleable ideas to address issues that matter. Anyone can take part - with or without a predetermined idea. Our London Chapter facilitators will help participants explore and submit proposals to be submitted on the OpenIDEA platform. The most promising will be selected for further development.

Find out more on the OpenIDEO site.



Thursday, Aug 6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (BST)


  • Rob Thompson

    Rob Thompson

    Senior Consultant

  • Joseph Curle

    Joseph Curle

    FutureGov/ UMJ

    Service designer

Chapter Organizers