Work with others on the challenge! Nov 28th & Nov 29th 2019

We are hacking the challenges of waste reduction in meat processing. Interested?

Join us for the two-day Food MAKEathon and develop ideas, concepts and solutions together with others.

Within our MAKEathon you will get the necessary input and help from experts and engage in discussions to develop creative solutions to the challenges of waste reduction in meat processing. You will have access to state-of-the-art production and developing facilities and get new networks to boost your professional career. Together with students, entrepreneurs and professionals you can contribute to the challenges of food waste reduction.

Let’s find out what we can achieve in just 2 days and join the challenge! 

Did you know?

The annual production of sausage products in Germany amounts to approximately 1.5 m tons. The share of sliced products is approx. 1.2 m tons. With an average cutting loss of minimum 1.25%, the amount of cut-offs (end pieces) is around 15.000 tons per year. Currently these cut offs are further processed only to a very small extent. Having in mind that the European market (sales) for sliced sausage products amounts to approx. 8.5 m tons and the global market to around 35 m tons, new product solutions will have a huge impact on meat waste reduction. 

Interested in more background information on Food Loss and Food Waste? Visit: 


The MAKEathon takes place at DIL - The German Institute of Food Technologies

(Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V.) in Quakenbrück;

DIL taps new potentials every day and paves the way for innovations. With more than 175 members, 200 employees and its own Innovation Hub, DIL operates as a research institute working in the areas of food safety & authenticity, structure & processing as well as sustainability. The institute’s competences and technical capabilities cover the full range of food technologies. This expertise is put into practice via the institute’s organizational structure which is divided into interconnected research platforms and business divisions. 

 The Challenges 

Our MAKEathon focuses on meat losses in the industrial value chain. 

How can cut-offs (e.g. end pieces) be transferred into new products?

You can develop new products in our lab and think about the marketability of the new product (potential impact if the product goes to market, customer groups, feasibility of a business case).

Challenge 1

Which new products can be developed from sausage cut-offs (includes prototyping in our labs)?

Challenge 2

How can I distribute a newly developed product made from sausage cut-offs? Which sales channels are available?

How big is the market? What is the estimated sales potential? What are the target groups? What could the marketing look like? What would be the capital required for a start-up?

Sign up

Interested? Then come aboard and join the challenge! 

We have limited tickets. Sign up here! Tickets will be given away on a first come first serve basis.


1. What’s the program?

Thursday, November 28th

14.30 Registration and Check-In

15.00 Welcome and Introduction

15.30 DIL-Tour and Inspiration Talks

17.00 MAKEathon Start!       

19.00 Dine, Chill & Network

Friday, November 29th 

08.00 Morning Coffee and snacks 

12.30 Lunch

17.30 End of the MAKEathon!   

18.00 Pitches

18.30 Award Ceremony with prices and certificates

19.30 End

2. What is the language of the MAKEathon?

We are quiet flexible.  We will insure that all teams can communicate either in English or German or in both languages.

3. Do I need an idea to join?

No, definitely not. The purpose of a MAKEathon is to create something completely new within a very short time.

4. Do I get a certificate?

We would like you to remember this unique MAKEathon and show others that you are an active young professional. You will receive a certificate of attendance and a T-Shirt from the MAKEathon (Please state your size in the application form).

5. Can I participate alone and in a group?

Yes, you can either sign up as an individual or in a group. If you sign up as an individual, we will make sure you join a team. 

If you sign up as a team just make sure that team members sign up individually and state preference for being in your team.

6. When is the deadline for application?

The tickets will be given away on a first come first serve basis, so hurry up and sign in as soon as possible!

7. Does it cost anything?

No, there is no cost for you. EIT food provides funding for the MAKEathon.

8. What about food?

We will make sure that there is enough food, beverages and refreshments for you. If you have any food intolerances, please let us know in the application form.

9. Do you cover cots of accommodation and travel?

Yes, we have limited funds for accommodation in Quakenbrück for participants from out of the region. So please state in the registration if you need accommodation. Accommodation is given on a first come first serve basis. We do not cover travel costs.  

10. What about Thursday evening?

After having filled our heads with fresh, creative ideas, we will relax and network on Thursday evening. Let yourself be surprised!

Sign-up here:

Link über DIL website oder alternatiiv per Email an AM. 


If you have any question, please contact us on or +49 5431 183 -354

Partners & Supporters

The MEAT WASTE REDUCTION MAKEathon is part of a series of MAKEathons delivered across Europe by the MAKE-it project under the consortium of EIT Food (


The MEAT WASTE REDUCTION MAKEathon is organized by DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebenmitteltechnik e.V.