ABP Food Group has partnered with Intel to host Ireland’s first food hackathon from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March.

The Beefhack, which will be held on the DCU Innovation Campus, calls on entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, creators, food technologists, agricultural graduates and innovators to join in on a weekend dedicated to developing ideas on producing quality beef.


What the event will cover


Enhanced Quality

  • Tenderness
  • Nutrition
  • Consistency
  • Traceability
  • Shelf Life

Enhanced Business

  • Processes
  • Equipment
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Energy

Enhanced Industry

  • Grass benefits
  • Animal welfare
  • Sustainability
  • Genetics
  • Safety

Entrance tickets for the Beefhack are €20 (includes all meals over the weekend) and the successful winners will be awarded:

1st prize - €10,000
(sponsored by ABP Food Group)
2nd prize - €5,000
(sponsored by ABP Food Group)
3rd prize - €2,500
(sponsored by ABP Food Group)
Intel® Galileo Award
(€5,000 Cash Prize sponsored by Intel Quark Solutions Group)

2:00pm – 3:00pm Registration
3:00pm – 4:30pm Intel Galileo workshop
5:00pm – 6:30pm ABP Food Group - Food Industry Challenges workshops
6.30pm – 7:00pm Food Reception hosted by ABP Food Group
7:00pm – 7:15pm Introduction to the ABP BeefHack
7:15pm – 7:45pm Kick-off Speeches with Paul Finnerty ABP Food Group CEO and Philip B. Moynagh VP IOT Group Intel Corporation
7:45pm – 8:30pm Pitches
8:30pm – 9:15pm Voting and Building Teams
9:15pm – 12.00am Making Session
12:00am Building closes
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 1:00pm Making Session
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 6:00pm Mentor Session
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
Midnight Building closes
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
10:00am – 1:00pm Making Session and Pitch Coaching.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
3:30pm – 4:30pm Prototype Showcase
5:00pm – 6:30pm Final Pitch Presentations
7:00pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion hosted by Intel Ireland:
Panel includes: Paul Finnerty ABP Food Group, Prof Brian MacCraith DCU, Dr Nora Khaldi Nuritas and Philip Moynagh Intel.
7:30pm – 7:45pm Prizes Announced
7:45pm – 9:00pm Food Reception hosted by ABP Food Group


Paul Finnerty
Chief Executive Officer,
ABP Food Group.

Philip B. Moynagh
Vice President, Internet of Things Group,
General Manager, Quark Solutions Division, Intel Corporation.

Professor Brian MacCraith
Dublin City University

Dr Nora Khaldi
CEO and Founder,

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