Harvest Bytes! Food-Tech Hackathon and Farm-to-Table Dinner Party

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AUGUSTA, GA– September 13, 2016– The event will begin with a 24-hour “Food-Tech Hackathon,” which starts at 4pm on Friday, October 28. This team competition has been nationally sanctioned by Major League Hacking and will be emceed by Georgia Organics. Hackathon competitors will problem-solve current food sustainability issues, each posed by a local farmer or food activist in Georgia. Top solutions will be awarded prizes and offered to practitioners for real-world application. Teams are forming now; individuals are welcome and will be connected with a group on-site. The event is free of charge. Dinner, drinks, late-night snacks and breakfast will be provided by Whole Foods Market for competitors and volunteers.

On Saturday, October 29, the weekend’s elegant benefit event begins with a Socratic Cocktail Hour at 5pm. Drinks will be followed by local speaker Dr. Steve Fountain who will talk on “Hacking the Microbiome.” Participants will then partake in a four-course, farm-to-table meal created by the dynamic duo of Chef Charleen Tinley of Culinary Connections, and Chef Jonathan Marks, formerly of the Roosters Beak, who will provide an all-local, seasonal menu with both meat & plant-based options, including a diversity of ferments, paired wine and locally brewed craft beer.

Net proceeds from Saturday’s event will help fund an Incubator Kitchen at the Clubhou.se. In line with the nonprofit’s mission, this kitchen will provide a commercially-approved space for food start-ups to grow their businesses, as well as received practical, start-up support, for which the Clubhou.se is known.

Augusta Locally Grown started in 2008 as a truly grassroots effort to connect local farmers to local families. In 2011, the 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated to grow a more vibrant, healthy, ecological and economically sustainable local food system throughout the CSRA.

The Clubhou.se is a nonprofit 501c3 business and community incubator in Augusta, Georgia. The organization’s goal is to better the community’s economic circumstances through venture creation based on humanistic ideals and long term sustainability. The Clubhou.se connects leaders and learners in technology, business and design.

Visit www.harvestbytes.org to participate in the hackathon, purchase tickets to the dinner and/or learn how your company can sponsor this event.

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