AU Herning organises student competition and international conference at the Food Tech fair

From 29 to 30 October, AU Herning was represented at the Food Tech fair at the MCH Messecenter Herning with an innovative student competition, the Food Tech Challenge 2014, as well as the international conference “Multi Business Model Technology Innovation in the Food Tech Industry”.

[Translate to English:] 25 universitetsstuderende fra hele landet var særligt udvalgte blandt mere end 150 studerende, der ansøgte om at få en af pladserne i konkurrencen "Food Tech Challenge". Her arbejder de med deres case omkring bordet og ved brug af de særlige tavler, der er lavet til arbejdet med forretningsmodellering.
[Translate to English:] Prorektor Berit Eika fra Aarhus Universitet holdt åbningstalen til "Food Tech Challenge".
[Translate to English:] Her ses en af talerne ved den internationale konference "Multi Business Model Technology Innovation in the Food Tech Industry".
[Translate to English:] Konferencen foregik den ene af de tre dage, som Food Tech-messen varede, og den tiltrak både forskere og repræsentanter fra fødevarebranchen.
[Translate to English:] Her ses en gruppe af de studerende, der deltog i konkurrencen for universitetsstuderende, mens de arbejder med deres case i deres egen lille kube midt i messen.
[Translate to English:] De studerende kunne løbende hente inspiration eller stille spørgsmål til virksomhederne på messen i forbindelse med deres arbejde med at løse deres forskellige cases.

On Tuesday, Pro-Rector at Aarhus University Berit Eika gave the opening speech launching the Food Tech Challenge, which is a nation-wide competition for university students. The competition had been organised by AU Herning in collaboration with several key players from the food industry.

The opening speech by Berit Eika was part of the opening ceremony for the fair. HRH Prince Joachim also participated as patron of the fair.

The group of students from AU Herning, who participated in the Food Tech Challenge, are currently taking a brand new and unique elective course, which is only offered at AU Herning.

At the final exam, the students will be assessed on the work they have done in connection with the Food Tech Challenge.

This is an entirely new way of joining teaching, research and practice – and it benefits all parties involved.

International conference focusing on the food industry

On Wednesday, the international conference “Multi Business Model Technology Innovation in the Food Tech Industry” took place, also organised by AU Herning.

At this event, several international researchers offered their view of the future challenges facing the food industry: Within the food sector, companies need to think in entirely new ways, create innovation and new business models. And this was precisely why AU Herning had chosen for the conference to focus on the future of business modelling and technological solutions.

It was the fourth time the conference took place, but the first time it has ever been held in Europe. In previous years, the conferences have been organised by e.g. Stanford and Princeton University. 

The winners of the 2014 Food Tech Challenge

On Thursday, the winners of the Food Tech Challenge were announced. The winning team was “Team Dupont”, which consisted of students from the following programmes and universities:

  • Morten Thybo (MSc in Molecular Nutrition, AU)
  • Fatima Sabir (PhD in philosophy, RUC)
  • Jens W. Madsen (MSc in Engineering in Technology Based Business Development, AU Herning)
  • Louise Dam (MSc in Food Science, KU)
  • Stephanie Henriksen (MSc in Food Technology, DTU)