As part of World Food India, The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing a Hackathon with an objective of building/developing solutions to problems in Food Processing Sector.
The food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and ranks fifth in terms of production, consumption and exports. Food processing industry in India is a sunrise sector that has gained prominence in the recent years. Availability of raw materials, changing lifestyles and appropriate fiscal policies has given a considerable push to the industry’s growth. This sector serves as a vital link between the agriculture and industrial segments of the economy. Food processing industries also consist of various sections such as productions, sales and marketing, logistics, account, quality, control etc. whose proper functioning decides the companies’ objectives. Different stages of food processing industries are inputs, production, procurement and storage, primary processing, secondary processing and retailing. The key performance indicator (KPI) at every stage of process industries ensures the attainment of industries’ goals. KPIs in logistic such as vehicle fill, empty running, time utilisation, deviations from schedules, fuel efficiencies; and KPIS for manufacturing are production count, reject ratio, rate, target, time and overall equipment effectiveness and downtime. In this way, every section has some KPIs which need to be taken care of for the proper and effective functioning of the processing industries. The data of every section of each and every processing industry are required for assessing the progress of food processing area. For this, an app can be developed with all KPIs and data of food processing industries so that government and the public can avail and access the same for policy making and status evaluation, respectively.
Food safety is a growing concern across the world. Food is a very complex commodity which directly related with health. Processing of agricultural produce consists of various product specific unit operations. For maintaining the quality products, various product food laws, standards and regulations are required. There is an increasing need to provide greater assurance to domestic and international consumers about safety and quality of processed food and be globally competitive and where GHP, GMP and different polices for food processing and relevant regulatory information can provide a pivotal role. Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Hygiene Practices based on Food Safety and Standards Act, Rules and Regulations and ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems for sensitizing Food Business operators like Food Manufacturers, Processors, Catering, Hotels, Restaurants, Exporters, Importers, Distributors Retailers, Consumers and others. The new Food Safety Standards regulations are contemporary in view and are aligned to Codex General Principles of Hygiene. The Act ensures consumer safety by mandating a structured food safety system for all Food Business Operations. In spite of various laws, standards and regulations, producers and consumers don’t take care about these while producing and consuming of foods, which reflects the lack of awareness and proper training. For this an apps and proper training program need to be designed on which processor, producer and consumer can get proper information regarding the GHP, GMP and polices for food processing including relevant regulatory information.
The processing unit operations are product and quality specific. The information on crops and practices are required for selecting the processing operation and maintaining the proper quality standards. Raw materials should be inspected and sorted prior to primary processing. The inspection may include visual inspection for cross contamination by untargeted crops and plant parts, foreign matter and organoleptic evaluation such as: appearance, damage, size, colour, odour, and possibly taste. Appropriate measures of primary processing are dependent on the individual materials. Primary processing is the pre-requisite for further value addition of agricultural produce. These processes should be carried out in conformity with national and/or regional quality standards, regulations and norms. Some specific protocols which are required for the farmers should also comply with regulatory requirements in the country. The quality assurance measures can be insured through regular visits to cultivation sites and processing facilities by expert representatives of producers and buyers and through inspection authorities. This information can provide the guidance regarding crops and practices for the processing of active ingredients under an appropriate system for managing quality. For this, an app needs to be designed on which farmers can get a platform to interact with the processing and handling of crop materials according to their requirements.
At present different types of spin-off activities are coming up, depending on the structure of the agricultural sector and the type of growth that is occurring in different part of the country. There are existing clusters of growers or potential geo-agronomical clusters which are capable of giving various much sought processeable varieties of grains/fruits/vegetables etc. Dynamic agricultural sectors are need to have multiple and diverse linkages where end user connect is the significant one. Progressive farmers are ready to respond the market requirement and adopting new varieties. If these premium verities go to the normal trading channel of Mandies do not get due remunerative prize. Farmers are affected the most in this supply chain model. This App aims to link framing clusters, growers and user industries together. This will facilitate the user industries to interact growers or group of growers directly. This app will also provide a possibility of contract bonding between the two. Both the parties can post their product specialties, GI and features of the products.
Diseases arise due to contaminated fruits and vegetables may be higher in developing countries and the concern about food safety has also increased in the last couple of years. As per World Health Organization (WHO, 1999), the number of people suffering from diseases resulting from contaminated food or water are more than hundreds of million. Fruits and vegetables are perishable in nature and also the taste, texture and aroma are subject to change with the time of plucking. Freshness is one of the crucial attribute for the selection of fruits and vegetables by the customer therefore this need to be addressed through an app. An app shall be developed which would be able to detect the freshness either using the mobile scanner, bar reader or some other means. It would also tell us whether the fruits and vegetables are safe to consume or not. Food safety assures the minimum risk associated with the fruits and vegetables during production, storage and handling of produce. Toxicological research shows that the pesticides present in fresh fruits and vegetables are generally responsible for cancer and birth defects. This shall also affect the nervous, endocrine, reproductive and immunological system. The basic aim to identify the application of any unwanted material used on fruits and vegetables like, insecticide, wax, calcium carbide, and ethylene etc. so that the consumer will be assured about the freshness and safety.
As per the Economic Survey 2015-16, India ranks first in milk production with 146.3 million tones during 2014-15, accounting 18.5 per cent of world production. The per capita availability of milk in India has also increased from 176 grams per day in 1990-91 to 322 grams per day by 2014-15 but the purity of contents, nutritional value, microbiological safety and shelf life are still the main factor for consumers of dairy sector. In organized sector, milk is procured from the farmers, collected, chilled, transported and processed into the various dairy products while in unorganized sector raw milk is directly sold to the consumers, halwais by the farmers itself. Several incidents have been reported about the adulteration of raw and processed milk and milk products so far and these issues need to be resolved through an app. The app shall be able to provide information about the stage of milch animal during milking, time of milking, raw milk storage temperature, time delay for processing, various processing levels and the storage conditions of final products. A full proof traceability of milk procurement and processing at various levels shall be achieved through this app.
As the world is becoming global market due to modern gadgets and use of modern technologies, devices, information technology and internet. There are lot of changes in food habits of consumers in present time. People prefer to taste food from different cultures, tradition and region; for example in north India people are liking south Indian dosa very much and it is nice employment and revenues generating way. India is a country of unity in diversity. In India there are so many types of traditional food prevalent. Due to modernization people started working also from different part of the country in different department and sector located in different parts of the country and so it will be very useful if a app can provide information on all the major culinary methods in practices all over India. It will create lot of opportunities and can facilitate to have food of their choice while working in any part of the country. For example momos are Japanese product and became popular in India due to spread of its culinary information and techniques. Such app can help in saving, time, and energy and resources related to food processing. Such app will help to food processors. Now a days lot of books are also published on such topic. It will surely enhance the marketing of the traditional, cultural and conventional food material.
Now a days food consumer are very health conscious. People want to know the nutritional profile of the food material they consume in terms of their energy content, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and phytochemical. Such app will help the consumers to select proper food products. It will also help the consumers to select a food product as per his/her budget and as per his/her nutritional requirements. Different gender and age groups have different nutritional requirement profile and it is hard for each and every personal to consult doctor or dietician to decide their food dietary requirement. An app which can provide details of nutritional profile of the different types of food and food products and then its linkage to consumers’ requirement can boost a healthy life style of food consumers. It will also help to take proper decision for food selection; can help in save money, time, efforts, and energy. It will also help to reduce the food wastages. There are several regional and traditional food which may have very nice nutritional food profile but due lack of their nutritional details consumer don’t use them. Such app may help consumers to connect and bring the good awareness among consumers and make traditional/conventional food also popular. Food processors and producers will get good prices to their products. It may help to reduce the geographical and other barrier between food and consumers. It may help to enhance the health of food consumers and reduce the load on medical bills also.
Indian economy thrives through the means of enterprise creation as one of the prime movers of the economy. In this direction, “Make in India and Made in India” movement is integral to entrepreneurship development especially in food sector across the country. Therefore, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a vital role for strengthening the Indian economy. MSMEs have been contributing to spreading entrepreneurial culture through business innovations. Unique feature of MSMEs is that they are widely dispersed across sectors of economy producing diverse range of products and services to meet local as well as global markets.
Leveraging information would enable prospective and existing entrepreneurs to speed up their business prospects. This App would become a ready reference and reckoner for budding entrepreneurs wishes to setup their micro/medium/small enterprises in food sector. One of the priorities of our Government is the inclusive concept in enterprise creation. This App would benefit all those (budding, existing) prospective entrepreneurs, for enabling them in creating enterprises.
Recently in January 2017, the country Food Safety and Standards (Food Recall Procedure) Regulations, 2017 was brought in effect. This regulation gives responsibility to remove food from the market at any stage of the food supply chain, including that possessed by consumers if there are reasons to believe that food is unsafe. For completing the recall time is a consideration as the process is to be brought in effect in least possible time to minimize the effect of unsafe foods. A good traceability system is needed to facilitate the recall. An app with having scope of linking, at least the partners of supply chain from Food Business Operator to retailers, is desired. This App should target the small food business industries not affording to have ERP in place for their day-to-day operations.
As per the provision of Food Safety and Standards (Food Recall Procedure) Regulations, 2017 “food recall alerts” are required to be issued to the public by the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India or the Commissioner of Food Safety of the State or Union territory or the Food Business Operator under intimation to Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and the concerned Commissioner(s) of Food Safety of the State(s) about the food under recall. These recalls will certainly be notified on one central portal. With the growing food processing in the country, more and more users of processed food are likely to grow. These consumers will be required to be notified through and alert about recent recalls. A mobile based app in this regard could be a easy solution to this communication.
Different agro produce have different sensitivity towards handling and mechanical damage. In addition there are vast differences in the perishability of agro commodities. High perishable commodities which are consumed raw at consumer level can fetch added economical gain to farmers if appropriate packaging solution are made available. This interactive app is expected to suggest farm gate packaging solutions to farmers in line of above mentioned hypothesis.
Participant: An individual, a team or an organization
Project: An idea or proof-of-concept of an application that addresses a problem. Projects are likely to be prototypical, untested and unrefined.
App: An evolved and refined project that has reached a level of sophistication and usability appropriate for deployment and impact.
Finalists: Finalists are nominated based on the Hackathon judging scores. Finalists receive recognition and represent a shortlist of
participants’ apps that are eligible for the grand prize.
Winners: Winners are selected from the finalists to receive the grand prize
Participation in the WFI Hackathon-2017 is free and open to any student, developer or firm.
Enrollment is not confirmed until the WFI Hackathon-2017 team contacts the participant and assigns mentors, next steps, etc.
Enrollment may be terminated at any point by a representative of WFI Hackathon-2017 if a participant violates any rules.
Participants can work on more than one problem and app.
Participants must indicate how their solution and apps address the problem/s identified by linking their solution to Problems identified. Enrolment may be terminated if a project or app does not sufficiently address the Problem statement.
Participants may only submit solutions or apps for which they have the legal rights and intellectual property.
Participants’ projects are only eligible for mentorship if they have been properly posted – with sufficient details as determined by the WFI Hackathon-2017 team during the validation phase.
Dates and deadlines are subject to change with prior notice.
These rules may be changed during the competition; every attempt to fairly notice participants of such changes will be made.
After deadlines for submitting solutions and apps have passed, the WFI Hackathon-2017 team will manage a process of validation. Validation may include: excluding irrelevant, inappropriate or illegal projects or apps; working with participants to refine/update project or app listings to provide more detail; or other quality assurance mechanisms.
Only projects or apps which pass the validation phase may proceed to the next phase.
Projects and apps will not be validated if they are:
Primarily political, sectarian or religious in nature, Discriminatory to any group.
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Deploy or otherwise utilize the application.
Yes! You can think of your idea and design it before the competition. The only thing you cannot do is code.
Coding before the event will result in immediate disqualification.
We’re looking for creative and innovative people with a set of skills that can contribute to a project—mobile, web design and cloud computing.
No! WFI Hackathon 2017 is free to apply and attend.
You can register for the WFI Hackathon by filling the necessary details here :-http://hackathon.indiaat75.in/#registration You will be able to pick team members and mentors there.
Yes! Please be aware however that Hackathons are designed for people with coding talent.
Yes! As long as you haven’t begun coding. If you have, please consider a new product
Teams can be anywhere between 1 to 4 people. In our experience, 5 people is too many. 1 person teams are not recommended but if you believe you can do it, apply!
Everybody is welcome to apply. There is no requirement to be Indian.
Yes! But please acknowledge that you’ll be missing valuable time as all Hackathon coding must occur at the event location .
You can prepare wireframes, designs and visuals before the competition but all coding must occur during the event.
There will be a seamless infrastructure to support your participation in WFI Hackathon 2017.
Electricity, Internet and Wifi will be provided free of charge. There will be presentation equipment should you need it during judging.
India@75 is a path breaking initiative. It envisions how India should be in her 75th year of independence and seeks to bring together all stakeholders including the industry, government, institutions, community groups and individuals to translate the vision into a reality.
National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) was conceptualized by Government of India on persistent demand of the food industry to have an apex body as a “One Stop Solution Provider” for the various problems of the sector. The institute intends to act as a centre of excellence and an apex world class centre of global standards in the area of food technology and management. It will cater to the needs of various stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, industries, exporters, policy makers, government and existing institutions. NIFTEM being an apex institution under Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) have developed strong linkages with industries.