What happened at the Open Food Facts Days 22
On the 1st-2nd October, we had the pleasure of hosting the annual Open Food Facts community get-together. It was a time rich in exchanges & ideas.
Here’s a quick overview of that wonderful weekend ! 💫
First of all, it was so exciting to meet many of our community members, some that have contributed to the project for many years, for the first time in person!
It was also a privilege to welcome new contributors who share the same passion for positive impact, food transparency and open source projects.
Thanks to the City of Paris, we were able to host this edition of the Open Food Facts Days 22 at the Climate Academy, a grand French building from 1868 and a former town hall of the 4th arrondissement.
After a brief introduction of the project’s progress, we jumped straight into one of our 3 sessions of barcamp workshops of the day. We really wanted the Open Food Facts community days to focus on what the community is most interested in, so we chose a barcamp format where the attendants create the programme in real time. Everyone suggested topics to discuss, then each one decides in which room to go to participate in the workshops they are the most interested in.
Some of the subjects that these workshops focused on were:
- Avoiding food waste
- Eco-Score – GreenWashing
- User Research
- Data Quality
- Non-food products
You can find here the notes taken during all barcamps. Feel free to add your suggestions / ideas.
Next up on the program, the Lightning talks ⚡️ by various community members:
- From personal contribution to enhancement of the OFF platform through International Rotary network 🍊 from a “blue” micro-economist & researcher Marijana P. Donati
- About the Eco-Score Impact: Testimony of La Fourche, a committed producer 🍊 Open Food Facts Days 2022 by Adrien Giacometti, PR manager La Fourche.
- Working on the ingredients taxonomy by a contributor and app designer Arnaud Leene
- Harry Go Vert and the Meat Alternatives Challenge 🍊 Open Food Facts Days 2022 by Thom Akkerman – animator of Harry Go Vert app
A keynote speaker: Dr. Julia
Another highlight of the day was Dr. Chantal Julia’s talk about the work done by the Eren team* and Professor Hercberg on the Nutri-Score & how the Open Food Facts database participated in its initial implementation.
*Eren: The Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team is a French joint research team whose objective is to study the relationship between nutrition and health
Celebrate good times, come on! 🥳
Our project turns 10 this year, so it was very special to celebrate this landmark together with some cake & bubbles!
And watch this video of the community wishing Open Food Facts a happy birthday!
On Sunday, we held our General Assembly, a key moment in the life of our non-profit association. The activity report for 2021 was presented, and the assembly elected 4 new members to the Board of Directors (Anca, Eloise, Marie and Sébastien). It was a chance for some of the newcomers to discover the significance of being a non-profit organisation & how it runs.
It was followed by more Lightning talks ⚡️:
- Using Open Food Facts data for my PhD on Greenwashing in the Food Industry🍊 Open Food Fays Days 22 by Marijana P. Donati.
- Exploiting the api’s for my app FoodViewer🍊 Open Food Fays Days 22 by Arnaud Leene.
- Hunger Game – product annotation🍊 Open Food Fays Days 22 by Alex Fauquette, an Open Food Facts contributor
- AI at Open Food Facts: what’s next?🍊 Open Food Fays Days 22 by Raphaël Bournhonesque, a machine learning wiz at Open Food Facts.
After 2 inspirational days together, it was time to say goodbye, as many had trains and planes to catch, having travelled from all over Europe to take part in this collaborative weekend.
Thank you for making that effort, it was delightful to meet each other (in person!). Thank you also to those who prepared lightning talks, participated in the Birthday video, capsule interviews and gave a hand wherever help was needed. 🙏.
We hope that those who couldn’t make it will find our Open Food Facts Days 2022 Youtube playlist insightful (thanks to Edouard for doing such an outstanding job to record it all!)