EIT Food News

MAKEathon in Iceland


Justine Vanhalst

Project Manager

As part of an European funded project (EIT Food) called MAKE-it!, Matís is hosting MAKEathon in four locations around Iceland to focus on the left-over raw material of the seafood industry. 

From the 10th to the 18th of September MAKEathons focusing on the seafood industry will be held in 4 locations around Iceland: in Reykjavík, Akureyri, Neskaupstaður and in the Westfjörð (Bolungarvík/Ísafjörður). 

A MAKEathon is an innovation competition with a strong focus on making and creating something with your hands to respond to the challenge presented. During these MAKEathons, participants from diverse background will come together to find solution to the challenge:  

How can we add value to left-over raw material from the seafood industry in order to make this industry more sustainable? 

Sustainability is as the heart of the MAKEathon. Our food value chain needs to be resilient to face our fast-growing population. Optimizing the use of the food we produce through innovation and entrepreneurship is the key to resilience by fostering these notions during MAKEathon! 

Participants will be presented with raw materials, bones and skin, from fish and they will have the chance to “play” with it to prototype their idea.  

The project is in tight collaboration with the FabLab in Iceland that will give a great opportunity for the participant to be introduced to innovation throughout the MAKING process.   

The MAKEathon in Reykjavík, Akureyri and Neskaupstaður will be hybrid events with some parts online and some part physical*.  Participants will get the chance to prototype their idea in the FabLab of the MAKEathon location. This part is optional, and the participants can choose to stay at home for prototyping thanks to THE BOX provided containing all the necessary equipment and some raw material.  

The MAKEathon in Bolungarvík/Ísafjörður will be a physical* event in collaboration with the students from the University of the Westfjörð. 

*for the physical part of the event, the governmental guidelines are respected regarding COVID-19.  Please read this for more information.

The MAKEathon is open to everyone, no expertise in fisheries is required and can be done alongside school/work.  

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The MAKEathon á Íslandi are contributing and working towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals number 9, 12, 13 and 14.

Matís is one of the 11 European partners of the project MAKE-it!, an EIT Food funded project, lead by the University of Cambridge.  

Matís COVID-19 statement for the MAKEathon.