Can Innovation Fight Hunger?

795 million people worldwide do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. Since 1990, the number of people suffering from hunger has been reduced by 290 million. But hunger still kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Taking the challenge of eradicating hunger, the world´s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger and two social innovators founded “ShareTheMeal”; an app that draws on the idea that for each hungry child there are 20 smartphone users. With a couple of finger taps and swipes, it lets people donate 40 cents – enough to provide a meal for a child in Africa, to be distributed by the UN World Food Programme.

In this Peace Innovation Lab we will start with a presentation from Sebastian Stricker, Co-founder of ShareTheMeal, to get inspired. Hereafter, we will work in groups to come up with other innovative ideas to tackle hunger, this old but persistent challenge of humanity.


It takes a special kind of person to be asked by the UN to develop an app to beat world hunger. That person is former management consultant and overseas development worker, Sebastian Stricker. Together with Bernhard Kowatsch, Sebastian developed the app ShareTheMeal.


18.00 Doors open

18.30 Welcome & Energizer

18.45 Presentation: Sebastian Stricker, Co-Founder of ShareTheMeal

19.15 Group discussion

20.00 Collective: Share insights and ideas

20.30 “Drink o´Clock”


Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.

At ShareTheMeal we have set ourselves the goal of eradicating hunger in new ways. With our app, we want to allow people to share their meals with children in need. ShareTheMeal is an innovative project in the Accelerator of United Nations World Food Programme. The founding team is based in Berlin.

German Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) is Germany’s first open campus to unite technology entrepreneurship organisations, resources and expertise in one place. GTEC is about empowering technology-driven, high-growth innovation and transformation across Europe. Any entrepreneur is welcome to join our programs, events, talks and workshops.