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Food+City Expo
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 04:00pm - 06:30pm
Contact Katie Kraemer

Food+City Expo, Student Challenge & Speaker Series at UT

Join Food + City for this exciting event on the UT Austin campus. The afternoon's events kick off with a chance to network with all 14 startups participating in this year's Startup Challenge. Then three innovative student startups founded at UT Austin will make their pitches and the judges will award a winner. The event concludes with Speaker Series guest Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman.


Schedule of Events

  • 4:00pm - Networking with the 2019 Food+City Cohort
  • 5:00pm - Student Challenge Pitches
  • 5:30pm - Speaker Series with special guest, Dr. Johanna Mendelson, followed by winner announcement!

Johanna Mendelson Forman is a Scholar in Residence at American University’s School of International Service where she teaches Conflict Cuisine: An Introduction to War and Peace around the Dinner Table. Connecting war and food is something that came from her recognition that in Washington you could tell where there were wars by the number of new ethnic restaurants that opened here. This inspired her recent work on conflict cuisines as tool for teaching how food is a form of Smart Power as well as a driver of conflict. It also linked two subjects, food and conflict, in a new interdisciplinary way that makes it easier to understand why in zones of conflict food becomes central to both survival and resilience. An expert on the post-conflict transition and democratization issues, she has regional expertise in the Americas, with a special focus on the Caribbean, Central America and Brazil. She also has had extensive field experience in the U.S. government on transition initiatives in Haiti, Iraq, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her deep experience as a policy maker on conflict and stabilization efforts from Haiti to Rwanda led her to this effort to connect food with conflict.

Location: Peter O'Donnell Building, Avaya Auditorium and Lobby, 1st floor
Food+City is an organization committed to inspiring supply chain innovation and big ideas for how cities across the globe are fed. Provoking fresh perspectives on the realities of how we feed cities and inspire action, Food+City spurs innovation in the food supply chain through our Food+City Startup Challenge, a variety of events, and storytelling, both online and with a semi-annual print magazine.