NSTDA in collaboration with Food Innopolis recently held Thailand Food Innovation Junior Bootcamp 2020 at Sirindhorn Science Home, Thailand Science Park. The bootcamp was opened to high school students who have strong interest in food innovation. Thirty teams - consisting of 150 students in total - were selected from a pool of 2,000 applicants to participate in the bootcamp.

The intensive workshop introduced students to food literacy, i.e. fundamental knowledge in food science, technology and innovation, design thinking and business model, with the themes centered around food heritage and future lifestyle food. The bootcamp is designed to prepare teams to enter the next Thailand Food Innopolis Innovation Contest.

Thailand Food Innopolis Innovation Contest was launched three years ago with competitions in two categories: university category (students, researchers, faculty members) and general public category. However, as the interest grows, a new category for high school students will be added to the next year’s competition.