Food Innovation

The food innovation nanodegree will help students understand the past, present and especially the future of food. We will review food traditions, which technologies out there can change the way we eat (e.g. using virtual reality), new ways to make sure foods are already in place (e.g. 3D printed food) and how we can be co-creators in designing the future products we always wanted (using creative problem solving).
By Yhosemar Mendez - Entrepreneur

We need food for everything, indeed some ingredients can even make us think faster! It doesn’t matter if you know how to cook or not, if you like burgers or veggies, food is simply part of your story, too.

This food innovation nanodegree will help you understand the past, present and especially the future of food. We will explain why our breakfast looks the way it does, which technologies out there can change the way we eat (e.g. using virtual reality), new ways to make sure foods are already in place (e.g. 3D printed food) and how we can be co-creators in designing the future products we always wanted (using creative problem solving).

Week 1: What the World Eats?

Aim: Conscious Eating & Food Identities.

* What are food traditions? What is tradition?
* What are their drivers: resources availability, beliefs, values, lifestyle and common practices.
* What is flavor? What is aroma?
* How external factors change the way we perceive flavors?

Week 2: What’s the future of food and kitchens?

Aim: Food Tech & Futurology

* What is food innovation?
* What is innovation?
* Innovation vs. Invention. What’s the difference?
* Which future foods and techniques are gaining attention?
* Lab-grown meat,
* 3D printing,
* soilless agriculture, etc.
* What is the driving force behind their development (e.g. Climate change, personalization, etc.)?
* CASE STUDY Future of Kitchen. And intro to futurology (future oriented equivalent to history)

Week 3: Designing breakfast in 2050

Aim: Food Tech & Futurology

* Innovation for humans
* What is design thinking? 
* What is the process?
* How to make great interviews? 
* Active listening
* Observation
* Re-design exercise
* Introducing the breakfast challenge.

Week 4: Presenting Projects & Ideas

Aim; Design Process, Storytelling

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