Inspiring Innovation to Feed the Future and Beyond

IFTNEXT is a heightened, purpose-driven commitment to bringing provocative ideas and discoveries together to inspire thoughtful, important conversations that challenge conventional approaches with the goal of informing global issues related to the science of food.

The initiative—supported by our Platinum Innovation sponsor Ingredion—will focus on facilitating future-forward conversations, content, learning opportunities, and competitions that explore how global, transdisciplinary collaboration can advance innovation to help solve real-world food-related challenges.


IFTNEXT Programming Gets Underway at IFT17

IFTNEXT, IFT’s bold new initiative dedicated to inspiring innovation, got off to a strong start at the IFT17 annual event in Las Vegas in June, unveiling unique programming, presentations on the IFTNEXT stage, a Start-Up Alley featuring forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and an innovation competition. Panelists share perspectives on volunteer programs.

Among the highlights of the programming was a thought-provoking presentation by scientist, professor, and TED Senior Fellow Andrew Pelling, who reflected on curiosity, creativity, and the scientific method. A “Food Technologists Without Borders” panel discussion introduced an initiative in which IFT and its Feeding Tomorrow Foundation are collaborating with several not-for-profit organizations to set up volunteer programs that leverage the know-how of the IFT community. An interactive session on “Design Thinking for Food” offered insight into the ways in which design thinking tools can be used to arrive at innovative solutions to food challenges. And that’s just a small sampling of the IFTNEXT programming that got those on hand in Las Vegas thinking, talking, and sharing ideas. Read more in the August issue of Food Technology.


Start-Up Screenshot

Video: Start-Ups Drive Innovation in Food
In the United States alone, small food start-up brands could account for 15% of a $464 billion sector in a decade’s time compared with 5% now, according to Bernstein Research. So what does it take to make it as a food start-up in a market where innovation is exploding? Three start-ups from various sectors of the food industry discussed this and more with Food Technology magazine’s senior digital editor Kelly Hensel in a Facebook Live chat that took place at IFT17.

3D Printing

Video: Experts Demo 3-D Food Printing, Discuss Challenges
3-D printing, a relatively new technology for producing novel foods, has caught the attention of a wide range of food professionals—from culinary specialists to military feeding programs. At an IFTNEXT session at IFT17, several presenters discussed the latest research and demonstrated 3-D printing of food.


Food Disruption Challenge

An annual competition and program nurturing future food-focused entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs, are you looking for an exciting opportunity to pitch your latest innovation and get high profile exposure? Apply for IFT’s new IFTNEXT Powered by Ingredion Food Disruption Challenge competition.

This exciting opportunity will identify 6–8 finalists and culminate with a high profile pitching featured session at IFT18. The winner will receive the IFTNEXT Food Disruptor of the Year award including a cash prize, mentoring, legal resources, and matchmaking with venture capitalists. Be the first IFTNEXT Food Disruptor of the Year.

Applications will be available winter 2017.

Visit the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge's Facebook group to stay up to date with information and recent developments with the competition.