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Robert Pekin, Food Connect: "Gee Whizz! Amazing to watch how local folk have applied their specialist knowledge to adapting these exciting concepts to the Australian context."


Charlotte Flienger, Shortlisted OpenIDEATOR: "It was surreal to go from submitting my concept online and then be brainstorming it with folks from IDEO and the high calibre company in workshop sessions."


Ben Grub, Permablitz: "There's been a really good cross-section of players. I don't usually interact with government, media and farmers and it was great to thrash out ideas from an online platform in an energised offline environment."


Jakob Trischler, Shortlisted OpenIDEATOR "Awesome to get lively insights on a hot topic from such a diverse group from different disciplines."


Ray Palmer, Queensland Farmer with Symara Farms: "It was affirming to note that there's a growing movement of folks who want to know the story behind what's on their plate – across various sectors and communities."


Sharon Lee (FlavourCrusader), OpenIDEATOR: "It felt good to share the Australian country and culture on the platform – and what a treat to be invited to the festival to collaborate with people from local food industry and government, to witness networks being formed around avenues for taking concepts forward."


Nathan Keiler, Noshly: "Exploring ways to co-create the data to build on the wicked Eatcyclopedia concept was a blast."


Ewan McEoin, Local Food Challenge Australian Lead: "Energy Central. Folks were amped to be building off such a diverse range of concepts supporting local goodness."


Anna Bligh, Queensland Premier: "The Local Food Challenge has just gone gangbusters. You can actually go to the world with an idea and look for answers.”


Paul Bennett, Chief Creative Officer, IDEO: "Hundreds of great builds, amazing energy, long days with crazy jetlag but really, really worth it.Our first outreach OpenIDEO workshop was amazing and was powered by all your great input. Thank you all!"

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