IFT FIRST Innovation Lab

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Originally Aired - Wednesday, July 19 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM CST

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Event Location

Location: McCormick Place, South Hall Booth S0170

Event Details

Short Description: An Interactive, Real-World Product Development Experience  


Marking its second year at IFT FIRST, the Innovation Lab is an engaging, interactive experience focused on real-world product development scenarios that will challenge participants to think bigger and bolder.   

Participants will embark upon an immersive experience that brings this year’s theme, “Innovation in a Time of Crisis: Can We Future-Proof the Food System?”, to life that will inspire new thinking, spark bold ideas, and help make lasting connections.  

At the Innovation Lab, you’ll:   

1. Begin your journey by Choosing a Consumer Profile and put yourself in their shoes to understand their motivations and needs

2. Challenge Your Understanding by immersing yourself in various crises facing the world by viewing them through the lens of past, present, and future. The 5 crises align to:

  • Consumer Trust
  • Digital Transformation
  • Food Safety
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Sustainability & Climate

3. View different scientific session and poster summaries to Get Inspired by work being done in the profession, work you’ll only see at IFT FIRST. 

4. Think through all elements of your idea and Bring it to Life by developing a prototype 

  • Your idea could be prototyped by one of our professional artists or by an artificial intelligence (AI). How will they compare in bringing your idea to life?

5. Share Your Optimism about how, as a community, we can work together to overcome any challenge.  

Choose Your Own Adventure

The structure of the Innovation Lab allows you to have the freedom and flexibility to stop by for just a few minutes to see what the hype is all about or to progress through the experience in a step-by-step manner, from start to finish.  Participants will be provided with a booklet to guide them through each step of the experience. Come as you are or bring your team to participate! 

The world needs your perspective and brilliant ideas. The IFT FIRST Innovation Lab is designed to help make that happen. 

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